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  • Pair of iPhones To Be Guests On Last Space Shuttle Mission



    A pair of iPhones got the NASA stamp of approval and will be on board Space Shuttle Atlantis for the last shuttle mission ever.

    Eat your heart out Android.

    The iPhones will be running an experimental app developed by Odyssey Space Research (OSR). The app, SpaceLab, will help the crew members conduct experiments using the iphones' cameras, gyroscopes, and accelerometers.

    According to OSR CEO Brian Rishikof, the iPhone 4's debut was the inspiration for the SpaceLab App, mainly because of the included Gyroscope. Because of this added functionality it became possible to develop programs that could possibly determine a vehicles orientation in space. It's no surprise then that OSR develops space navigational systems.

    The four experiments will be:
    • A “limb tracker,” which lets astronauts take a picture of the Earth’s limb (its curved edge). The app then estimates the iPhone’s altitude.
    • A sensor calibration tool that uses camera images plus multiple sensors to calibrate the phone’s gyroscope and accelerometers.
    • Latitude and longitude estimation using photos of the Earth and matching them to wireframes of coastlines.
    • A test to see if space radiation affects computer memory by watching for unintended changes to single bits in the iPhones’ RAM.

    You can also download the app for $1 for yourselves. Since we earthlings are bound by gravity much of the apps functionality will be simulated.

    Source: Venturebeat
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pair of iPhones To Be Guests On Last Space Shuttle Mission started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      wow that's freakin' awesome. And the best part is that I'LL BE THERE in FL next month to witness the launch!!! I've never been able to see a launch in person so this is like a once in a lifetime kind of thing for me.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      wow that's freakin' awesome. And the best part is that I'LL BE THERE in FL next month to witness the launch!!! I've never been able to see a launch in person so this is like a once in a lifetime kind of thing for me.
      I am jealous! I have always wanted to see a space shuttle launch! And ones that have iphones on it? Badass
    1. ikkviper's Avatar
      ikkviper -
      This WILL literally be a once in a lifetime thing! Since there are no more shuttles being launched after this one. Crossing my fingers hoping that I'll be able to make it up there for the launch!
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      One small step for history, one giant leap for iKind!

      One small step for man, one giant leap for iKind!
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      Ok correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you need, um, gravity for the accelerometer to work?
    1. KeatonDodd's Avatar
      KeatonDodd -
      haha that is so cool!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's very cool. Is iPhone the first Apple's product in space?
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Quote Originally Posted by CabooseLoL View Post
      Ok correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you need, um, gravity for the accelerometer to work?
      Only to tell which orientation it's in relative to Earth.
      A custom app could take initial readings from accel'rs and camera as a datum from which to base calculations of its orientation in realtime.
    1. Forgoten Dynasty's Avatar
      Forgoten Dynasty -
      Can you hear me now?.... Huston, we have a problem.
    1. Obaid03's Avatar
      Obaid03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CabooseLoL View Post
      Ok correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you need, um, gravity for the accelerometer to work?

      There is artificial gravity on the ISS.
    1. TheTattooKid's Avatar
      TheTattooKid -
      Pics of alien life will be posted on facebook from the shuttle...

      Facetime (over wifi of course) with alien life forms...

      Aliens showing the crew letters they recieved from Apple pertaining to MyWi tethering...




      more to come...stay tuned...