Researchers have launched a smartphone into orbit in order to the test whether or not anyone can hear you scream in space.

Researchers have launched a smartphone into orbit in order to the test whether or not anyone can hear you scream in space.

 
A team from the University of Surrey fired the smartphone into the cosmos from India, and the smartphone will orbit the Earth for a six month period.
 
The iconic phrase “in space no one can hear you scream,” popularised by the blockbuster movie Alien, will be put to the test with a new app loaded onto the smartphone, which will play a variety of screams that people submitted online. The on-board speakers will pick up any sounds and transmit them back to the scientists.
 
 
The device will also test the durability of commercial components in the harsh conditions of space, and two new propulsion systems will also get a workout. The first ejects a water-alcohol mix to provide thrust, while the second uses charged gas.
 
The Google Nexus smartphone is technically part of a unique first-of-its-kind satellite called Strand-1. The device will take pictures using its built-in 5 megapixel camera, and these will be uploaded to Facebook. The satellite will also be tracked on Twitter.
 
 
Source: BBC