Rovio and NASA's Angry Birds Space started with one innocent tweet
Really though, only in 2011 would a game project as ambitious as this start with a tweet. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs told FCW that the organization's collaboration with Rovio started a year ago when he noticed tweets mentioning NASA and Angry Birds, suggesting that smartphones today pack more punch than the NASA computers of old.
"Hey, RovioMobile, our computers are a bit better than they were in '69. We might be able to help you launch birds if you can find a pig in space," Jacobs tweeted to Rovio's Twitter account in March 2011. "It started with a tweet," Jacobs said. "It sparked a lot of light bulbs going off in people's minds."
From that casual tweet, Rovio and NASA bounced ideas off of each other, and eventually signed a "Space Act Agreement," a formality the organization uses to officiate collaborations with private companies. While the first fruit of the agreement was a single space-themed level in a 2011 Angry Birds content pack, now the idea has come full circle. Hopefully, for NASA's sake, Angry Birds Space will teach players a thing or two about zero gravity.
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