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PhoneSat 2.4



PhoneSat 2.0 is a technology demonstration mission consisting of a 1U CubeSat intended to prove that a smartphone can be used to perform many of the functions required of a spacecraft bus.

PhoneSat 2.0 features 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 supplements 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 adds magnetorquer coils – electro-magnets that interact with Earth's magnetic field – and reaction wheels to actively control the satellite's orientation in space.

Alternate Names

  • PhoneSat2.4
  • 39381

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2013-11-20
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States
Mass: 1 kg

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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