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Smartphone Nanosatellites

NASA’s PhoneSat project will demonstrate the ability to launch the lowest-cost and easiest-to-build satellites ever flown in space — capabilities enabled by using off-theshelf consumer smartphones to build spacecraft. The smartphones already offer a wealth of capabilities needed for satellite systems, including fast processors, versatile operating systems, multiple miniature sensors, high-resolution cameras, GPS receivers, and several radios.

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Apps of the Month

This month, there are multiple Apps of the Month – the winners of the International Space Apps Challenge, which joined more than 2,000 people from around the world to create solutions of global importance related to spaceflight. The best apps are:

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Last Chance to “Create the Future”

The tenth annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, Nordson EFD, and Tech Briefs Media Group, an SAE International Company, closes for entries on June 30, 2012. If you haven’t submitted your entry, go to www.createthe future2012.com today for your opportunity to receive global recognition and a Grand Prize of $20,000 in cash for an innovative new product idea.

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NASA’s New Mission on Earth — Sustainability Base

NASA has repurposed its aerospace technologies in innovative ways to create a smart building unlike any other government building. Designed in harmony with its environment, Sustainability Base is located at NASA Ames Research Center in California.

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App of the Month: Sector 33

NASA’s Sector 33 requires players to keep imaginary pilots and their airliners a safe distance in the sky from each other using math and problem-solving skills. In the game, the player acts as an air traffic controller by guiding airplanes through a sector of airspace spanning Nevada and California.

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And the Winner Is ...

Congratulations to Eric Smith, winner of the Stratasys 3D Pro fessional Printer Sweep stakes. Eric, a senior development engineer at Ethicon Endo Surgery in Cincinnati, OH, will receive a uPrint SE 3D Print Pack, pictured below. The sweepstakes, sponsored by Stratasys and presented by Tech Briefs Media Group, an SAE International Company, attracted over 4,000 entries.

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Robonaut Lends More Than Just a Helping Hand

In the March 2010 issue of NASA Tech Briefs, we introduced you to Robonaut 2, or R2 (read the original article at www.techbriefs.com/ component/content/article/7635). Last year, R2 became the first humanoid robot in space, and has been busy testing its technology in microgravity aboard the International Space Station.

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