Nexus S goes to infinity…and beyond!

I loved Google Mobile’s blog post today: "Android in Spaaaace!" (Yes, I counted the As and transcribed appropriately.)

Turns out those crazy kids over there had a wild weekend: They “sent seven payloads up, up, and away into near space, each equipped with a Nexus S. We took some cues from others who have sent homemade weather balloon rigs far up, and we wanted an opportunity to collect some interesting data about the sensors in Nexus S – GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. Sending the balloons up also gave us an opportunity to capture some stunning imagery and videos of Earth.”

The video above is footage of an Android at more than 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface.

The blog post calls out some cool datapoints from the payloads:

  • Maximum Speed: 139 mph
  • Maximum Altitude: 107,375 ft (over 20 miles, over 30 km)
  • Maximum Ascent Rate: 5.44 m/s
  • Average Flight Duration: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Average Descent Time: 34 minutes

More cool details and another cute vid at the original post here. -Julianne

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