It was reported a earlier that the U.S. Government was planning to abandon BlackBerry devices for Apple’s iPhone. Now, beginning next month, the iPhone 4 will venture into the final frontier; space for the NASA program’s final mission. NASA astronauts will be accompanied by spaceflight-certified iPhone 4’s, which will assist them in conducting experiments and conducting data.
If you’re going into space, there’s now an app for that. The astronaut’s will be using special software, known as SpaceLab specifically designed for the Apple iOS. The app will use the iPhone’s cameras, sensors, and gyroscopes. Will the iPhone be the first device to discover life on an alien planet? We’re not sure, but these experiments will showcase the versatility of the iPhone and Apple will have a PR field day with it
Something we hope the astronauts do bring with them is Bluetooth 4.0. As reported earlier, Smartphones will be able to monitor vital signs with Bluetooth 4.0 technology. It would be useful for astronauts to be able to monitor their health, as extended duration in a low gravity environment can weaken muscles.
The NASA crew will be conducting four different experiments, including those that test the effects of radiation on the device. It’s certainly a useful test, especially as scientists begin moving forward with plans to land on Mars. You wouldn’t want to venture years into deep space without your smartphone. How else will you be able to tweet your followers? All jokes aside, smartphones are proving their versatility every day. Not only as a central tool for communication, but for healthcare, but now for experiments in space.
We’re wondering if NASA has also developed a specially designed iPhone 4 case for space. If not, we’ve still carry plenty of cell phone cases and cell phone covers to keep your iPhone protected as it drifts around in a zero gravity environment.