SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom - Experts from the University of Southampton flung the Nokia Lumia 800 to the stratosphere as an implement to assist in the production of forecast application that can be applied in routine missions of weather balloons.
The ASTRA project (Atmospheric Science Through Robotic Aircraft) includes platforms that are based on balloons and need technology devices to to track and then recover the balloon, log information for the measurements taken by the instruments on board and get photographs.
The Nokia Lumia 800 was selected by Stephen Johnston and András Sóbester from the ASTRA project and they said that they were aware of the fact that Nokia Lumia was very durable. With other mobiles they had to comprise an additional battery and a heater due to the length of the flight and the low temperatures, while they didn't require doing that with the Lumia.
While flying, the Lumia created 2GB of images with its custom-built app, including shots of gravity wave clouds that are pressured to go up and fall in a wave model caused by the mixture of steady atmosphere mass and gravity. The phone was the only one to sustain connectivity at 8km above the earth, while other tested devices were connected only up to 5 km.