Scientists have long been working to bring on board commercial products to facilitate the astronauts who are currently working on the international space station. The purpose is to make the lives of these scientists much more convenient and homely. Since June 2012, NASA has been working to send consumer edge products up in space for the ease of these astronauts.
Things To Consider
Before NASA decides on the things that can go up in space, there are a few things they usually consider first.
Safety: To make the lives of these astronauts easier, the gadgets that are taken up in space should be safe to travel across the orbits. Obviously.
Low mass: It ensures that they are easy to handle and are not a burden to carry. And oh, it will cost less as well.
Usage: The gadgets that go up in space should serve a purpose. Gadgets should help scientists with their missions and projects.
Why take iPhones up in space?
The whole idea was initiated to help NASA cut its costs that were to be invested in designing other mini computerized gadgets that could travel in space to help with missions. Using iPhone and the products of the same family, allowed them to save money while fulfilling their missions too. After a two-year long certification program, iPhones could pass the NASA certification needed to declare them safe for space travel. The reasons below were considered:
- Their batteries are secure and are not made of materials that would make them explode or leak in the pressures and heat of the outer space.
- The phones didn’t give off any toxic fumes when treated with certain solvents or environment.
- When broken, the glass of the phone would not shatter into dangerously small pieces to cut or harm the scientists there.
After clearing these and many other safety aspects, NASA gave iPhones a clearance certificate. Can you think of any other gadget which could be used up in space?