|Operator||Surrey Space Centre|
|Spacecraft type||3U CubeSat|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||25 February 2013, 12:31UTC|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan FLP|
STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator 1) is a "3U" CubeSat developed by Surrey University's Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL). The 4.3 kg (9.5 lb) nanosatellite was launched into orbit on board a PSLV Rocket from India on February 25, 2013, becoming the first smartphone-operated satellite in space.
Design and Operation
The smartphone that is integral to the CubeSat provides cameras, accelerometers and high-performance computer processors - almost everything except solar panels and propulsion. During the first phase of the mission STRaND-1 will use a number of experimental apps to collect data, while a new high-speed Linux-based CubeSat computer developed by SSC takes care of the satellite. During phase two the STRaND team hope to switch the satellite's in-orbit operations to the smartphone, thereby testing the capabilities of a number of standard smartphone components in a space environment.
There was a public contest in August 2011 to create "space apps" to run on the phone. The winning entries included an app for magnetic field measurements, satellite telemetry display, an Earth imaging application called 360 App, as well as one app which is purported to allow users to see people scream in space.[clarification needed]
The smartphone on board STRaND-1 was unfortunately not used to control the satellite before it unexpectedly turned off in March 2013 (Phase two was not turned on at this time).
The space craft came back to operational status on 23 July 2013 at which time SSC and SSTL continue their plans for its operation and control.
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- STRaND: Surrey Training Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator, 1st IAA Conference on University Satellite Mission and CubeSat Workshop January 24–29, 2011 Roma, Italy.
- STRaND-1: Use of a $500 Smartphone as the Central Avionics of a Nanosatellitete, 62nd International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, SA.
- STRaND-1: University of Surrey press release.