OK, yesterday when I posted a strange Nexus One/Wiimote/Handlebar mount mashup I questioned just how far people might push their Android phones, and it turns out at least a few are looking to outer space as the final frontier for the little green robot. While converting an N1 into a make-shift Gameboy showed some ambition, it is easily trumped by a group known as the Maverick Civilian Space Foundation who turned to the handset as a proof of concept as to how using off-the-shelf products and components can drive down the cost of today’s enormous and expensive satellites.
The test flight was to see just how the Nexus One would handle extremes such as high G-forces, massive vibrations, and temperature extremes. An early attempt brought back a busted Nexus, but the second phone launched provided the following footage of its journey into the upper realms of the earth’s atmosphere. Pretty damn cool if I do say so myself.