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11/09/2013 10:12 BST | Updated 11/09/2013 10:13 BST

Pop-Art 'Space Phone Charger' Looks Cool, Isn't Quite Real (PICTURES)

Of all the places for you mobile to run out of charge, deep space is by far the most annoying.

No air, no water, no one and - goddammit - no way of checking your e-mails.

But now an LA based design company, iam8bit, has teamed up with a Scottish satellite maker to create 'celestial charging points' - only they're just stickers, and don't really work.

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For when you're really stuck...

So why do it?

Jon Gibson, who designed the world's "first functioning pop-art satellite" with Amanda White at the iam8bit gallery has no lesser objective than saving mankind.

He told Wired: "It's like when a complete stranger at the airport lets you use their wall charger.

"If their original goal was to obliterate our species with a massive plasma canon, perhaps even such a small gesture of kindness will make them reconsider."

You can't argue with that.

The provider of the actual functioning components is ClydeSpace, a firm that specialises in small and relatively cheap nano-satellites.

These test equipment in space as well as scientific research such as weather observation.

The iam8bit adorned UKube-1 will be launched in Kazakhstan on December 17th.