NASA ‘Smart SPHERES’ Tested Successfully on International Space Station

December 19 2011

Technology Demonstration Missions has put up a feature about our smartphone work. View the article here.

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  1. Grace Sevilly

    Wow… The ongoing experiment just demonstrates how the Smart SPHERES can serve as remotely operated assistants for astronauts in space. These Spheres can conduct interior station surveys and inspections, capturing mobile camera images and video. But like all things man-made, time will only test whether these robots can handle other challenging tasks…i am still positive on this!

  2. Contempo Space

    Cool use of technology! I wonder why they switched the batteries out for double A’s though?

  3. DW

    The lithium ion batteries that come with the smartphone are not certified for use in space. Rather than spend the time and money to certify a new type of battery, we decided to go with tried-and-true AAs.

  4. Alan

    It’s truly amazing that the ISS is still going strong! Long live the ISS!

  5. Frank Kern

    To think how excited we all got about our i-whatsits and digital paper technology – forget all that, I want a Smart SPHERE! Actually, maybe if you put them on general release they’d become the must have gadget, be tested to destruction in a far more hostile environment than space (teenage hands) and raise valuable capital for the continuing space mission…

  6. Traverse Builder

    I never considered the fact that smartphones might be used in space!

  7. ubezpieczenia

    Cool use of technology!

  8. Nic Skerten

    Bearing in mind the many NASA developments that have made their way into our everyday lives it is fascinating that commercially available technology that we all use in daily life is now being adapted for use by NASA.

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