NASA's satellite tech-testing SPHERES robots jet themselves around the ISS using cO2 canisters, the brains of a Samsung Nexus smartphone, and, soon, Google's 3D-visual powerhouse Project Tango. (Source: NASA)
Electronics being used in Space need to be Space Grade to handle the wide dynamic range of temperature and radiation in space. Are the using Space Grade components in Samsung Galaxy or other Tango Based Handset?
I think this is going to make astronautical engineering more interesting. Great that new advancement in technology is being deployed across horizontally among different sectors. Looks like smartphone is going to rule the entire industries in the years to come.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.