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Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Technology, Z_Featured | 0 comments

ISRO launches world’s first smartphone controlled nano satellite STRaND-1 successfully into orbit

STRaND-1 curtesy SSTL

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) today successfully launched the world’s first smart phone controlled nano satellite – STRaND-1 along with 6 other satellites using it’s highly successful PSLV- C20 launch vehicle.

STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research, and Nanosatellite Demonstrator) built by Surrey Space Technologies LTD(SSTL),Uk is a low cost technology demonstrator nano satellite controlled by Google Nexus One Android smartphone.

SSTL website states – after the initial operating system of the satellite finishes it’s checks,  the control of the satellite would be passed to the smartphone. The Android mobile would run some apps and take pictures of the earth using it’s own camera through a port-hole in the satellite.

After the successful launch of the 4.3Kg Cubesat, Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, SSC Director and also Executive Chairman of SSTL, commented
STRaND-1 from SSC and SSTL is an example of the real synergy of academic research linked to commercial development and exploitation that is the hallmark of Surrey. This mission is a fantastic achievement and a great tribute to the hard work of the engineers involved. The UK’s first nanosatellite SNAP-1, also built by SSC & SSTL and launched in 2000, was the world’s most advanced nanosatellite at the time – STRaND-1 continues that story with the latest technologies available to us in 2013.

Sir Martin added: “This launch is SSTL’s first with ISRO, and I am looking forward to exploring opportunities for further launches and a wider collaboration on space projects in the future.

Along with the STRaND-1, ISRO launched SARAL.  An India-France joint venture oceanography satellite, SARAL would be used for joint Venture for oceanographic studies. Other five auxiliary payloads are from Canada (2), Austria (2), Denmark (1) .

President Pranab Mukherjee  watched the event from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, India.

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