The Space Shuttle Atlantis is on a 12 day mission to the International Space Station where they are dropping off the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies and spare parts to sustain the space station beyond the retirement of the space shuttle program.
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The Samsung Nexus S is being used in research involving Synchronized Position Hold, Engage Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES). The Nexus S will be part of the control mechanism for these small remotely operated robots.
“By connecting a smartphone, we can immediately make SPHERES more intelligent. With a smartphone, the SPHERES will have a built-in camera to take pictures and video, sensors to help conduct inspections, a powerful computing unit to make calculations, and a Wi-Fi connection that we will use to transfer data in real-time to the space station and mission control.” said DW Wheeler, Lead Engineer in the Intelligent Robots Group at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
“Samsung is proud to have the Nexus S chosen to be aboard NASA’s final space shuttle launch, an event that is historical,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The research that is being conducted with SPHERES using the Nexus S will help monitor and communicate from the International Space Station.”
When the Space Shuttle Atlantis returns to the United States in 12 days the Samsung Nexus S’s will be left behind to help operate the SPHERES and in turn help the astronauts aboard the space station focus on other tasks while the Nexus S controlled SPHERES handle small tasks like inventory, and environmental surveys.
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