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Software update gone wrong,International Space Station got lost later found.

Software updates can sometimes be tricky. There is always a chance of having issues like your old phone may not support the updated version of your favourite app, or your old computer gets sluggish with the new update of operating system. But things can get more worse than this. Recently a software update caused to lose communication with International Space Station of NASA.

“Flight controllers were in the process of updating the station’s command and control software and were transitioning from the primary computer to the backup computer to complete the software aquarius weekly horoscopeaquarius weekly horoscope : This is a marvelous match. load when the loss of communication occurred.” -NASA

Luckily station at Houston, Texas, were able to get in touch with the ISS via Russian ground stations.

International Space Station
International Space Station

And if you dont know anything about ISS or the International Space Station. Here are some basic facts for you.

The International Space Station is a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit.

Orbit height: 230 miles (370 km)
Speed on orbit: 4.791 miles/s (7.71 km/s)
Launch date: November 20, 1998
Cost: 150 billion USD

To now more about the incident click on the source link.

Source: NASA

Android will be going to space thanks to NASA.

Soon you will find Android on outer space thanks to NASA, no they wont be taking a Android devices to space to play Angry Birds Space ! NASA is designing nano satellites which will run on Android Scientists at California’s Ames Research Center are usingAndroid OS, to power bona fide nanosatellites via its innovative PhoneSat project. The satellites will be 4 inch in size and will be less than 4 pounds in weight. It will cost $3,500 per nano satellites.

 

These nano satellites are named PhoneSat

As per NASA researchers,

PhoneSat 1.0
Flies low-cost consumer electronics in space

NASA’s prototype smartphone satellite, known as PhoneSat 1.0, is built around the Nexus One smartphone made by HTC Corp., running Google’s Android operating system. The Nexus One acts as the spacecraft onboard computer. Sensors determine the orientation of the spacecraft while the smartphone’s camera can be used for Earth observations. Commercial-off-the-shelf parts include a watchdog circuit that monitors the systems and reboots the phone if it stops sending radio signals. 

NASA’s PhoneSat 1.0 satellite has a basic mission goal–to stay alive in space for a short period of time, sending back digital imagery of Earth and space via its camera, while also sending back information about the satellite’s health.

To prepare for such a mission, NASA has successfully tested PhoneSat 1.0 in various extreme environments, including thermal-vacuum chambers, vibration and shock tables, sub-orbital rocket flights and high-altitude balloons. 

PhoneSat 2.0
Additional features, more capabilities

NASA’s PhoneSat 2.0 will equip a newer Nexus S smartphone made by Samsung Electronics running Google’s Android operating system to provide a faster core processor, avionics and gyroscopes. 

PhoneSat 2.0 also will supplement the capabilities of PhoneSat 1.0 by adding a two-way S-band radio to allow engineers to command the satellite from Earth, solar panels to enable longer-duration missions, and a GPS receiver. In addition, PhoneSat 2.0 will add magnetorquer coils – electro-magnets that interact with Earth’s magnetic field – and reaction wheels to actively control the satellite’s orientation in space. 

These is very impressive and innovating way of Android usage. Give your feedback in the comment and let me know what do you think about it?