BRITISH ENGINEERS are planning to launch a mobile phone into Earth orbit.
According to the BBC, Surrey Satellite Technology in Guildford wants to see if you can get a mobile phone to work in a difficult environment.
In a mission later this year, the outfit plans to put an Android OS based smartphone into space and use it to control a 30cm long satellite for taking pictures of the Earth.
Mobile phones have been placed in high altitude balloons before, but this likely will be the first time such a device has gone into orbit several hundred kilometres above the planet.
The venture is part of the company's quest to find inexpensive, off-the-shelf electronics that can be used to lower the cost of its spacecraft designs. The phone will not be adapted for space, just programmed.
If smartphones can be used in orbit it will mean that cheaper technology can also be sent up there to allow people and companies to use satellites. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score