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SpaceSelfie: Behind the Scenes

Take a peek at the out-of-this-world tech behind our mission to space.

Space Selfie behind the scenes video
Space Selfie behind the scenes video

Taking thousands of selfies in space is no ordinary feat. So to go where no phone has gone before, we needed a device that was unlike any other—the Galaxy S10 5G. We also needed some very special tech and state-of-the-art touches from a pioneering crew behind the scenes to make our mission to space.

From a super-pressure high-altitude balloon to bespoke apps, we pulled out all the stops to make SpaceSelfie a reality. So let’s lift the lid and take a closer look at the magic behind our mission to get your faces into space on a Samsung screen.

Close up of a Samsung Galaxy S10

A phone that goes further

SpaceSelfie wouldn’t be possible without the Galaxy S10 5G. With everything we create, we push that little bit further to produce a device that’s unlike anything before it. It’s so durable that it can handle the extreme environments found at the edge of space without any special cases or insulation. It was fully tested before launch, showing that it can withstand temperatures of up to -65°C.

The star of the show—the 6.7 inch Dynamic AMOLED display—was even able to avoid condensation or cracking at huge altitudes. The Galaxy S10 5G is the brains of the entire operation. Its intelligent processor powers the whole mission, handling data in the blink of an eye.

A high-altitude helium balloon which is being used to take the Galaxy S10 into space

A balloon that’ll take us to new heights

We’re using a super-pressure high-altitude helium balloon to send our Galaxy S10 5G to space. It’s a giant, measuring half the size of a standard basketball court. And to start its mission, we needed somewhere with enough area to launch it properly.

While carrying a bespoke payload box that holds the phone, our balloon will soar into the stratosphere above the rugged terrain of the American Midwest. The special payload box has even been engineered to take in to account the curvature of the earth, ensuring the best quality photos are captured.

And powering both the payload and the Galaxy S10 5G is solar energy. Solar panels have been mounted to the top of the payload to ensure that our Galaxy S10 5G has all of the battery power it needs for the entire mission.

Samsung Space Selfie Satellite

The apps that make it all happen

A once-in-a-lifetime mission requires apps that are totally standalone. To get everything off the ground, we developed two applications that control the ins and outs of galactic selfie taking.

The first app communicates with the camera on the rig from Earth, instructing it to take a photo of the Galaxy S10 5G’s screen with your face on it. Then there’s the second ground control app that sends and receives your selfies between Mission Control and the payload.

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