Smartphone Photos From Orbit

Image Credit: NASA Ames

These images of Earth were reconstructed from photos taken by three smartphones in orbit, or “PhoneSats.” The trio of PhoneSats launched on April 21, 2013, aboard the Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and ended a successful mission on April 27. The ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission was […]

Antares Mission Flies Low-Cost Smartphone Satellites

As part of the qualification process, the PhoneSat systems were tested on high-altitude balloon flights. Photo Credit: NASA

When Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket roared into orbit Sunday, most eyes were focused on the performance of the new vehicle on its maiden voyage or on the deployment of an inert mass simulator for the Cygnus […]