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Turkish tech magazine fires Lumia 920 Windows Phones into space

Chip magazine, reportedly among the most popular technology resources in Turkey, has carried out an interesting test with the Lumia 920. The test has seen the Nokia Windows Phone sent into space. This isn't the first time the device has been used in the name of science as a Finnish retailer previously fired a handful up into space. So what's new in this experiment, compared to the one carried out in 2012?

The team from the magazine created a box and sent it up in to the atmosphere. The box itself contained the following items:

  • one camera to record lumia 920 lumia
  • one lumia 920 (located outside the box and exposed to all conditions on the trip)
  • one lumia 920 (inside the box to record downside view outside the box)
  • gps tracker (to calculate exactly where it lands)
  • extra chargers for the phones

The box was attached to a balloon and was released on April 2nd, 2013. As the balloon reached 20,000 meters the GPS signal were lost and the team had to wait until contact was re-established. After a period of 30 minutes the balloon exploded and the box began free-falling to Earth. The kit landed at 12:47, but more importantly, it's noted that the Lumia Windows Phone was able to function at -70 Celsius, recording the action.

Much like the previous experiment, the Lumia 920 is shown to display serious strength against the climb and subsequent drop to and from the edge of space. While the average consumer doesn't plan to send their Windows Phones in to space, it's a superb sight and the results of the device continuing to function in such harsh environments. 

Source: Chip Online, YouTube; thanks, Kubilay, for the translation and tip!



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eolorvida says:

Good Phones is an understatement for a Nokia device. It's a tough phone.

I'd like em to try with the iPhone 5 and a top end android and see how they fair lol

Quin 2013 says:

No comparison, NL920 would auto-win. In fact, that's what they should call every WP phone from now on; Auto-Win.

MadSci2 says:

Silly Wabbit! The Android would win. They're built for crashing!

blackhawk556 says:

You my friend, have won!

paulheu says:

I can't imagine these experiments are not conducted using either iPhone or Android phones but since we're not seeing any videos appear on this I would assume the results are not that great  }:^> 

taymur says:

And the humans luckily missed the Apocalypse.

stjimmie says:

Ill translate what they say a little later on... Im glad fellow turks have great taste in mobile phones.
Bir ben, bir turkiyem.

Luminatic says:

Thanks in advance! I didn't understand a word, but it looked as if those guys had some fun.

Bartdog says:

You have your work cut out for you. That one guy was so wordy the cameraman got bored with him and started panning. Lol

snakechia says:

Don't care about the Android or iPhone, just do the another test with all Windows Phone, from Lumia 920, HTC 8X, Samsung Ativ, Huawei Ascent W2 to see beside Lumia 920, will others survive?

jlynnm350z says:

If I'm correct I believe we beat the Russians again by sending first 920 into space. . . .

rebel_yell says:

They should send a chimpanzee into space with a 920 and see what kind of long distance charges he can rack up when he prank calls his friends in the Congo. It'll be the sequel to The Right Stuff".
"Lyndon Johnson: who's taking up the phone? Shepard, Glenn?
"von Braun: veer going to zend up a jimp".
"Lyndon Johnson: A JIMP? WHAT THE HELL IS A JIMP?"
"von Braun: You know, a jimp, a jimp! A jimpanzee!"

Dare2Blink says:

Dude your comment is killing me, my ribs hurt from laughing

AzmoD3uS says:

Why is there no like button, or a star or a heart button to show comments some love? LOL!

It would have been much better if Nokia had gifted me one instead!!!

Astronauts around the world rejoice, and in the background the Nokia Theme Ringtone is playing :)

Bartdog says:

Did you see the new Star Trek movie in 2009? They had the Nokia ringtone.

Yeah, I never noticed the ringtone playing. I must re-watch this movie now!

myjota says:

We connecting people. From now " We connecting aliens"

LOL. good one. Connecting aliens.... Gave me a laugh.

Eas195 says:

Just trolling around in my bed when I read this. ROFL!!

laserfloyd says:

I saw "fired into space" and was hoping to see a rocket.  Alas, no rocket.  But that would be SO awesome for someone to build a huge model rocket and put  a 920 on board taking stabilized 1080p video.  Ok people, get to it. :)

laserfloyd says:

Would a 920 fired into space be considering a weapon? ;)

blackprince says:

A weapon of mass innovation?

laserfloyd says:

Haha that too!

Choco22 says:

All other countries will react to that launch, considering it may be more lethal than a nuclear missile. LOL

rebel_yell says:

Well, how many G's can a 920 withstand? I've heard stories from Estes model rocket buffs who would place a lower life form into the nose cone in the name of scientific research . Opening "the hatch" after "splash down" would usually reveal a dead lower life form. Small rocket motors can go from zero to 456 miles per hour in 1.7 seconds. Larger rockets, though not as fast, have longer burn time and can generate 20 g's. Electronics built into artillery shells can withstand 15,500 g's. Why yes, I am a rocket scientist. Wikipedia is mailing my diploma in 6 weeks after they receive my 10, Count Chocula cereal box tops..

j_jabbar says:

Should send an iphone and just bloody leave it up there.

V Turk says:

Iphone lost in space

don't do this to the Lumia 920. Just gift it to me. I won't mind at all.

tarzanmarzan says:

All I can think of right now is an astronaut instagramming/sharing his spacewalk lmao

Correction...instagraphing ;)

alikokce says:

Super ve basarili bir deneme, tebrikler arkadaslar. Herkesin emegine saglik. Go Lumia 920!!!

WPuser8 says:

Bencede, koclarim benim be!

lubbalots says:

The next thing for The Lumia 920 successor to add is waterproof. It'll be a killer device for any situation! I could see police officers and soldiers carrying one. I could even see Bear Grills sporting one in his man vs wild series!

onysi says:

and they say 920 is heavy as hell. 

drg says:

This was awesome... The video the 920 takes is ridiculous. Nice work Nokia.

namikral says:

I will translate the full video with subtitles for none Turks this week and you can all know whats going on.

Kaan Mir says:

This was awasome,Nokia are The best,
(Bu telefonu aldığıma memnunum xD)

How the hell did they tracked those phones??