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How an old smartphone processor will power the first-ever flight on Mars

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If you’ve got a new Android phone, its processor could be more advanced than the one that will control the first-ever flight on Mars.

NASA‘s Ingenuity helicopter, which is slated to make its maiden voyage on the red planet on April 14, is powered by Snapdragon’s 801 processor — the same chip used by a slew of phones released in 2014 and 2015.

The system runs an integrated board called the Qualcomm Flight Platform, which will operate the autonomous flight.

Credit: Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.