World’s first smartphone in Space

BY DAVID BAKER – FEBRUARY 7, 2013

A UK mission, jointly developed by the University of Surrey’s Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), to send the world’s first smartphone satellite into orbit, is due to launch on 25 February.

The unique and innovative satellite, called STRaND-1 (the Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator), is a 30cm CubeSat weighing 4.3kg. It will launch into a 785 km sun-synchronous orbit on ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from Sriharikota, India.

STRaND-1 will also be the first UK CubeSat to be launched and has been developed by engineers and technicians with the majority of the design and developmental work being carried out in their spare time. The build and test phase of the project has been completed in just three months.

Read more: World’s first smartphone in Space — The British Interplanetary Society.

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