Mobile phone engineering to power satellite

A University of Queensland staff member is sending a satellite into space far more effective than the Curiosity Rover which lately landed on Mars. The satellite, which measures 10cm x 10cm, is controlled by an on-board Android 4.0 smartphone five occasions a lot more potent than its bigger space-faring cousin. Furthermore, it has a camera 4 instances additional potent. Michael Kehoe, a UQ staff member with Details Technology Services (ITS) and also a final year student of the School of Data Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) recently completed a five-week internship with NASA in California. He was tasked with designing a satellite that utilised a mobile phone as its on-board laptop or computer. “This can be a proof of notion that may be used to get a selection of later styles,” said Mr Kehoe. “The satellite makes use of an attitude determinate control system ( Lenovo Lephone S880 ) written by fellow UQ graduate Jasper Wolfe to stop the satellite from spinning and alter its path in orbit,” he mentioned. “Because it utilizes a common mobile telephone as its central processor, I've been in a position to incorporate some seriously fun concepts in to the satellite. I'll have the ability to take temperature, accelerometer and heading readings making use of the phone's sensors and photographs employing the phone's camera.” Despite getting controlled by a Android 4.0 mobile phone, the satellite will not be capable of telephone house. “Unfortunately there's no reception in space, so we'll be utilizing a high-powered radio link to get data from the satellite,” stated Mr Kehoe. Tracking from the satellite is getting set up in America with NASA and in Australia, together with the help of ITEE. Tracking gear on top rated in the Parnell developing will monitor the satellite from launch on November 25 to re-entry 12 days later. The project provides a proof of idea for low price, rapid design iteration space craft. Total component expenses for the satellite are $7800, opposed to Curiosity's $2.5 billion. “An example of why this really is significant is usually observed inside the Curiosity Rover which landed in August on Mars,” stated Mr Kehoe. “Design function started eight years ago and used cutting-edge technology at the time, but by launch date a widespread mobile telephone had extra processing power and far better camera. If we are able to shorten the time it will take to make spacecraft, we can lower cost and raise the high quality of what goes into space.”

27.9.12 11:27


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