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.


Here is the video it captured, and here with a a cool data overlay


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.

  • Steve Jurvetson 5y

    Rob and James prepare the Clotho Payload with NASA biosampling module and Google phone.
    PhoneSat testing Sh-sh-sh-shattered.
    The first google phone after ballistic reentry… Still under warranty?
  • Steve Jurvetson 5y

    Ah, after they get this satellite thing working... it's just a hop over to "orbital mind control":

    Google Master Plan (frame 2)
  • vennettaj 5y

  • Neil L 5y

    Haha great flowchart!
    Cool pics too - it all looks really interesting :-)
  • Happy Tinfoil Cat 5y

    Needs some radiation hardening ;^)
  • Vasudev (Vas) Bhandarkar 5y

    Brilliant! Posted to my Facebook page!
  • dave halliday 5y

    great video...!!
  • Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation 5y

    You can find more about Mavericks research and STEM education programs on our website:

    It was a pleasure to have the privilege of flying the Google smartphones.
    Given my personal history in the valley of pioneering the smartphone, I thought it was really cool to make a satellite out of them.
  • avmaier 5y

    Google satellite?!? I am blown away.
  • solerena 5y

    First step in google space program:)?
  • Diego Barrios 5y

  • Matthew Reyes 5y

    You can learn a bit more about this rocket launch at the MakeZine Blog and among some comments at NASAWatch.
  • SherlockMac 5y

    good stuff ...
  • jafrado 5y

    Wait till you see the next one we do. Just cleaned up the rocket today, she's tip-top and ready for another flight.
  • Steve Jurvetson 5y

    Cool. That was an awesome launch...

    Thanks Matt. WIRED also liked my photos...
  • Dabbler 1y

    Very cool! What will be the power source? I have to charge my smartphone every night ;)
  • Steve Jurvetson 1y

    Solar cell wings on a Dove:
    Holding a Dove, an early bird from @PlanetLabs  This is not a scale model; it’s the entire satellite, with solar wings by jurvetson
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