World’s first "phonesat" Smartphone 'STRaND-1', successfully launched into orbit

'STRaND-1', a nanosatellite carrying a smartphone, has successfully launched into Space from India.

  • STRaND-1 will fly the world's first smartphone in orbit and is the UK’s first CubeSat launched.
  • The satellite flies a Google Nexus One, a new Linux-based high-speed processor and attitude & orbit control system and two novel propulsion systems (8 pulsed plasma thrusters and a water-alcohol propulsion system).
  • STRaND-1 is a training and demonstration mission 3U CubeSat (10cm x 30cm) weighing 4.3 kg, developed by the Surrey Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

Launched into a 785km Sun-synchronous orbit on ISRO’s PSLV launcher, the spacecraft is an innovative 3U CubeSat weighing 4.3 kg and is the world’s first “phonesat” to go into orbit, as well as the first UK CubeSat to be launched.

Developed by a team from the University of Surrey’s Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), STRaND-1 is a training and demonstration mission, designed to test commercial off-the-shelf technologies in space.

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