Nokia Lumia 800 is quite okay at 105,000 feet and even maintains data connectivity at 8km above the earth. No antenna issues there then. As the pictures show, the Nokia Lumia is literally out of this world.
According to the Nokia Conversations, Scientists from the University of Southampton shot the Lumia 800 into the stratosphere as a tool to help create balloon flight trajectory prediction software that can then be used to guide other missions, like weather balloons.
The UK’s ASTRA project (Atmospheric Science Through Robotic Aircraft) investigates new technologies for making low cost observations of the parameters of the atmosphere and their latest experiment involved a Lumia 800.
“Stephen Johnston and András Sóbester from the ASTRA project chose the Nokia Lumia 800 to be the “nerve centre” of the ASTRA 10 series of flights, which took place in conjunction with the MetOffice. “We knew the Lumia was very robust. With other phones we’ve had to include an extra battery and a heater. We didn’t need to do that with the Lumia – it was the best,” he said.
Sóbester says,”We didn’t do this for fun – we used the Nokia Lumia 800 as a serious scientific tool, and the results were remarkable.”
The black Lumia 800 traveled for 2 hours and 22 minutes on a journey over South Wales en route to Cornwall to reach altitudes of 105,000 feet, and survived temperatures of -61C.
It took some quite pretty pictures along the way too an a small selection of the 2GB image set is available to download.