> But the components don't have the thermal, mechanical thermal cycling, and vacuum qualification they need to operate in space.
I agree that these won't have the _qualifications_ to operate in space.
the point of disagreement is how badly you _need_ qualifications.
just because something hasn't been certified doesn't mean it won't work.
If you are spending millions of dollars launching something, it makes sense to spend a few thousand dollars to test everything first.
If you are only spending a few thousand dollars to start with, it's probably not worth the extra cost.
I actually expect that a modern phone will work reasonably well. If the solar cells can provide enough power to keep it going, it will probably hold together for the short time that these systems will be in orbit.
you don't think that sputnic-1 had all it's electronics 'qualified' before it was launched do you? that didn't stop it from working.
we're talking about roughly the same orbit (but with 1% the mass, and significantly more capabilities)