NexusOne/Arduino PhoneSat Satellite Launch Video

Video from a Google NexusOne smartphone with specially programmed Android apps, installed aboard James Dougherty’s Intimidator-5 on a CTI N4100 load. Launch from Black Rock Playa on 24-July-2010 thanks to Maverick Civilian Space Foundation.

The video has been edited to slow the video down just prior to parachute deployment to visualize the launch site.

Read more at Makezine Blog:
and now Wired:

Thanks to the voluntary efforts of Ben Howard, Carmen Felix, Will Marshall, Chris Boshuizen, Matthew Reyes, and Google Über-Dogfooder Ryan Hickman for the development of the payload.

Make sure to check out the Droidcopter:

& Droidrover

Duration : 0:2:20


25 responses to “NexusOne/Arduino PhoneSat Satellite Launch Video”

  1. MalikWeaver Avatar

    Asian Beauties are …
    Asian Beauties are there

  2. emj0001 Avatar

    How high did this …
    How high did this go?

  3. motorbikematt Avatar

    Kármán line is at …
    Kármán line is at 328k feet whereas the United States recognizes civilian, commercial, and military astronauts if they’ve flown over 50 miles (264k feet).

  4. testplt Avatar

    You’re totally …
    You’re totally wrong jmar. The astronaut “line” is 328,000 feet.

  5. ExtantFrodo Avatar

    Well done man. Very …
    Well done man. Very nice. 🙂

  6. miguel077 Avatar

    @motorbikematt Just …
    @motorbikematt Just jailbreak it…

  7. jamesfdougherty Avatar

    Thanks Matt for the …
    Thanks Matt for the post. I have the Intimidator-5 ready again for your next flight. Oh yeah, if you’d like to see a video of a similar flight from earlier this summer, take a look at my video for Intimidator-5, LDRS

  8. LadFromBrad Avatar

    @motorbikematt What …
    @motorbikematt What G did the N1 show upon launch? Only had my n1 a few days and can only get 1.2 G playing around with it.

  9. pyromaniacchica Avatar

    Oh favorited!
    Oh favorited!

  10. desgua Avatar

    I had make a typo. …
    I had make a typo. I type males instead of make. Sorry.

  11. desgua Avatar

    Congratulations …
    Congratulations from Brazil. I’m very happy you males this. I think it can change many things in the future. Regards.

  12. MaXxChiX Avatar

    If NASA gets to do …
    If NASA gets to do this, then my fears of randomly getting hurt of a falling ” greyhound bus” is OVER!

  13. vermavee Avatar

    Is it normal for …
    Is it normal for rockets to spin so much?

  14. maxfagin Avatar

    Matt, this is some …
    Matt, this is some seriously impressive stuff, I had no idea how far along your team had gotten. Congratulations, and thanks for bringing space travel that must closer to Earth!

  15. motorbikematt Avatar

    @jmar1371 If you’re …
    @jmar1371 If you’re French. 360k feet is the approximate location of the Kármán line. That said, to be an astronaut in the United States you only need to surpass 264k feet.

    Many folks have launched high-attitude balloons that have surpassed 100k feet and have claimed to enter ‘space’. Since the United States does not officially define where space starts or stops, I’m not inclined to disagree. Therefore, my heart is not broken and my original statement stands.

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  17. jmar1371 Avatar

    @motorbikematt Hate …
    @motorbikematt Hate to break your heart, but… Space starts at 360,000 feet.

  18. motorbikematt Avatar

    @TiagoTiagoT Among …
    @TiagoTiagoT Among other things, yes. There was a lot more going on with the phone besides taking video 😉

  19. TiagoTiagoT Avatar

    @motorbikematt what …
    @motorbikematt what was the point then? See if it would survive the launch and retrieval vibrations and g-forces?

  20. motorbikematt Avatar

    @avenfoto Thanks …
    @avenfoto Thanks amigo!! We’re working pretty hard to change *everything*!

  21. motorbikematt Avatar

    @TiagoTiagoT One …
    @TiagoTiagoT One step at a time. We expect to get higher and higher as they vehicles mature.

  22. TiagoTiagoT Avatar

    @motorbikematt oh, …
    @motorbikematt oh, i thought the point of the experiment was to test if the phone+packaging would survive being exposed to space

  23. motorbikematt Avatar

    @Ioganstone Stay …
    @Ioganstone Stay tuned for future launches, we may resolve the spin problem.

  24. motorbikematt Avatar

    @TiagoTiagoT It …
    @TiagoTiagoT It only went to ~28,000 feet., Space is upwards of 100,000 feet.

  25. TiagoTiagoT Avatar

    Why it doesn’t look …
    Why it doesn’t look like it reached space (sky always still a bit blue) ?

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