Smartphones offer a wealth of capabilities needed for satellite systems, including fast processors, versatile operating systems, multiple miniature sensors, high-resolution cameras, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and several radios as well as their ability to tolerate harsh environments. They have become an increasingly attractive satellite platform for engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
CBS Interactive visited NASA Ames Research Center to talk with engineers and managers on how they are using smartphone technology as a platform for nanosatellites. Highlighted in this video are the SPHERES Project and PhoneSat mission.
For more information about Spheres visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/spheres_video.html
For more about information about PhoneSat, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/stp/small_satellite_subsystem_tech/phonesat.html>