Lumia 800 sent into space ... or at least 105,000 feet

You may remember a couple of months ago, BioWare sent copies of Mass Effect 3 into "space", or at least very high in the atmosphere, via weather balloons, as part of a marketing campaign for the game. Now a smartphone has also made a similar trip into the skies. Next at Microsoft reports that a Nokia Lumia 800 recently floated up to 105,000 feet as part of a research experiment.

The project is called ASTRA (Atmospheric Science Through Robotic Aircraft), which is run out of the UK's University of Southampton. The official Nokia blog reports that the Lumia 800 was picked for this test because it has a long battery life and could operate even in the low temperatures of the upper atmosphere.

The balloon launch of the Lumia 800 was designed to help develop better balloon flight trajectory software. In its recent flight, the Lumia 800 was in the air for over two hours as it traveled over Wales before landing in Cornwall. The smartphone managed to maintain a data connection from as high as eight KM; previous smartphones had a data height limit of five KM.

The smartphone also managed to take pictures of its journey into "space". You can download some high-res photographs at Nokia's site.

Images via Nokia

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lets send one to Mars, or even better, send one out of our solar system, maybe it will picked up by E.T. and then he could call home!

Does this mean we are close to the point where we actually have a reason to turn on our smartphone on the plane in the EU? (base on it normally goes up to 30000 feets. )

Asmodai said,
Good idea! Maybe space aliens will want a WP7x phone. Seems not many humans do. (According to comScore Microsoft's smartphone market share declined from 4.7 to 3.9% in the first quarter) Source: http://www.comscore.com/Press_...ile_Subscriber_Market_Share

Oh wonderful, another person who we have to explain the difference between WP marketshare, WM marketshare and Microsoft Mobile OS marketshare

(Hint, the stats given are WP and WM added together, so if WM drops faster than WP rises, the overall marketshare will look like it has shrunk)

Sraf said,

Oh wonderful, another person who we have to explain the difference between WP marketshare, WM marketshare and Microsoft Mobile OS marketshare

(Hint, the stats given are WP and WM added together, so if WM drops faster than WP rises, the overall marketshare will look like it has shrunk)

If anything the fact that Windows Mobile numbers are added in HELPS their market share not hurts it. If you come out with a new incompatible OS and you can't get users to adopt it faster then they are abandoning your prior OS then you've got problems. Especially if you've got single digit market share and are trying to compete against established powers. MS isn't going to go from ZERO to competitive overnight but they need to at least be gaining and they are not. I bet their market share won't go up by even .1% before the release of WP8.

Asmodai said,

If anything the fact that Windows Mobile numbers are added in HELPS their market share not hurts it.

No, this is quite wrong. Remember that WM is not supported or even really sold any more, though normal end of term renewals, people will be getting a new phone. I'll bet you that most are moving to Android (which is the modern cell OS that is most like WM) or iOS

IF we have a WM marketshare of 5%, and a WP7 share of 0.5%, then we have a MS mobile OS share of 5.5%. If WM drops by 2%, but WP7 grows by 1%, the MS mobile OS share becomes 4.5%, even with WP growing. This must be noted because it is this combined share that is always reported. They may not get big share numbers until WP8 as you say, but these reports are often disingenuous

Edited by Sraf, May 1 2012, 10:52pm :

Sraf said,

Oh wonderful, another person who we have to explain the difference between WP marketshare, WM marketshare and Microsoft Mobile OS marketshare

(Hint, the stats given are WP and WM added together, so if WM drops faster than WP rises, the overall marketshare will look like it has shrunk)

"Look"? If a company discontinue a product, replace it with a new one and the overall market share for that brand keep decreasing it is a fact not something that "looks like".
Will WP8 change the trend? I hope so and the rumors about the new OS are encouraging.......... Although it is true that since the launch of the platform comments by WP7 supporters have always been characterized by the use of the modal verb 'Will"..........
Anyhow, we shall see......… October is quite close.....................

"Lumia 800 was picked for this test because it has a long battery life" But i guess the software update did improve it.

I'm reading it as: "Nokia and/or Microsoft promised to fund the project, or at least a part of it, in exchange for publicity."

.Neo said,
I'm reading it as: "Nokia and/or Microsoft promised to fund the project, or at least a part of it, in exchange for publicity."

iPhone gets used for this kind of stuff everytime, so apple is funding them...hmm

.Neo said,
I'm reading it as: "Nokia and/or Microsoft promised to fund the project, or at least a part of it, in exchange for publicity."

iPhone gets used for this kind of stuff everytime, so apple is funding them...hmm

bogas04 said,
"Lumia 800 was picked for this test because it has a long battery life" But i guess the software update did improve it.
Actually, if you don't use 3G/run the phone without SIM, it has a great battery life. They have probably done the same thing here.

simrat said,
iPhone gets used for this kind of stuff everytime, so apple is funding them...hmm

Nowadays I doubt it, but in the iPhone's early days sure why not? Windows Phone definitely needs all the positive publicity it can get.

Edited by .Neo, May 1 2012, 8:36pm :

Anthonyd said,
Actually, if you don't use 3G/run the phone without SIM, it has a great battery life. They have probably done the same thing here.
If you put it in airplane mode, it will run for over a week.

They should try this with a Nokia 3310, except drop it from that height and see if it makes a crater.

Tom said,
They should try this with a Nokia 3310, except drop it from that height and see if it makes a crater.

Why do you want to destroy the planet?

Sraf said,

Why do you want to destroy the planet?

It might lead to new life! Think if it lands on Chuck Norris' house , it might lead to another Big Bang !

At least when it lands and the case is damaged the case can be replaced :-)

Tom said,
They should try this with a Nokia 3310, except drop it from that height and see if it makes a crater.

.Neo said,
So?

Thank you for your contribution. Strapping random stuff onto a weather balloon is indeed lame.

Edited by DClark, May 1 2012, 6:42pm :

.Neo said,
So? Yet another group strapping some random object onto a weather balloon.

.. What's so stupid about this? I found it kinda interesting

Cøi said,

.. What's so stupid about this? I found it kinda interesting

See, when it is an Android going up on a weather balloon, it proves how great the platform is:
http://googlemobile.blogspot.c...12/android-in-spaaaace.html

When it is an iPhone going up into space on a weather balloon, it is amazing and shows how durable the device is:
http://www.macworld.com/article/1154964/iphone4_space.html

When an WP7 does it, it is not news, move along because there is nothing to see here, lame.