Google Satellite Test
The RocketMavericks launch event ended on Saturday with the Android phone launch in James Dougherty's Intimidator-5 with a Cesaroni thermoplastic N4100 motor that screamed up to 28K feet under 1000 lbs of thrust.
The Nexus1 phone controlled the onboard video capture. They want to take it to space.... This HTC phone has a better processor than many satellites, and decent sensors and gyros. They already know it works in a vacuum. This test was for the g-forces and temperature cycles of rocketry.
The thermal swirls in this photo reminded me of the resident watercolor artist's renditions.
Oh, and I am reminded of an earlier flickr discussion... Conquering space is an early milestone in the Google Master Plan.
An earlier test brought the phone back to the playa in a ballistic crash. More photos below.