Android phones to power NASA’s new mini-satellites

Google’s Nexus One Android phones will be controlling a new fleet of mini-satellites from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a tech site reported over the weekend.

NASA’s “Phonesat” project is part of a larger experiment called the Small Spacecraft Technology Program, which integrates small consumer electronics into nanosatellites, PC World said.

“The PhoneSat launch has no firm date, but three PhoneSat units will be rocket-bound sometime in late 2012,” PC World said.