Android Handset To Be Fired Into Space

A group of engineers are planning to launch an Android-based smartphone into space to examine the device's capabilities whilst off Earth.

According to the BBC, a team of engineers at the Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) are carrying out the project to test whether today's smartphones are able to function in space.

Once in space the smartphone will be used to control a 30 cm long satellite that will take images of Earth from space.

Android smartphones have been sent to high-altitudes in hot-air balloons before but a project as ambitious as this has never been attempted.

SSTL project manager Shaun Kenyon told the BBC that the experiment is a part of company's efforts to come up with less-expensive concepts for space-craft designs.

“We're not taking it apart; we're not gutting it; we're not taking out the printed circuit boards and re-soldering them into our satellite - we're flying it as is,” Kenyon said in a statement.

The space mission will be launched later this year. The make of the device has not been disclosed.