STRaND-1 Smartphone CubeSat to launch end of February

STRaND-1 and team - image credit SSTL

STRaND-1 and team – Image credit SSTL

The BBC report that the world’s first “smartphone-sat” STRaND-1 is ready to launch at the end of February. The satellite was built in Guildford by volunteers from the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in their spare time. It is planned to be launched on February 25 into a 785 km orbit by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the PSLV-CA (PSLV-C20) rocket.

Dr Chris Bridges working on STRaND

Dr Chris Bridges working on STRaND-1

The innovative STRaND-1 CubeSat will carry a Google Nexus One Android smartphone into space to demonstrate the feasibility of using cheap smartphone electronics to control a spacecraft.

Smartphones contain highly advanced technologies and incorporate several key features that are integral to a satellite – such as cameras, radio links, accelerometers and high performance computer processors – almost everything a spacecraft needs except the solar panels and propulsion.

There will be an amateur radio AX.25 packet radio downlink on 437.568 MHz using a data rates of 9k6 bps.

STRaND-1 flight ready February 2013 with Shaun Kenyon, Dr Peter Shaw, Dr Chris Bridges

STRaND-1 flight ready February 2013 with Shaun Kenyon, Dr Peter Shaw, Dr Chris Bridges

Further information on STRaND-1 at
http://www.amsat-uk.org/?p=12196

Watch the videos in the STRaND-1 video archive
http://www.amsat-uk.org/?p=12472

Read the BBC News story at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21361204

The world’s first smartphone in Space ‘STRaND-1’ ready for launch
http://www.sstl.co.uk/News-and-Events?story=2117

Dr Chris Bridges talked about STRaND-1 on the BBC Radio 4 show Material World broadcast on Thursday, February 7. A recording can be heard until February 14 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qfj3l The STRaND-1 segment starts 08:55 into the recording.

STRaND-1 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nanosats

You can follow STRaND at https://twitter.com/SurreyNanosats

Amateur Radio on BBC Show Between the Ears – Space Ham

Owen Garriott W5LFL operating amateur radio on space shuttle mission STS-9

Owen Garriott W5LFL operating amateur radio on space shuttle mission STS-9

Sound artist Caroline Devine sent the show Between the Ears into orbit in this celebration of amateur radio and space exploration that was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday, January 19 at 2130 UT. A recording of the show is available until January 26 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pyfhm. It starts 3:15 into the recording.

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Radio Hams BBC Stargazing Live Balloon Picture

BBC Sky Balloon image received by Graeme 2I0WGM and Philip MI0VIM

BBC Sky Balloon image received by Graeme 2I0WGM and Philip MI0VIM

Graeme 2I0WGM and Philip MI0VIM got some publicity for the Mid-Ulster Amateur Radio Club by submitting a picture received from a BBC balloon on 434.650 MHz.

It was a BBC Stargazing Live experiment to send a balloon to the stratosphere that would tweet data from near space. The SWIFT balloon carried a transmitter on 434.650 MHz that sent pictures using 300 bps FSK and reached an altitude of 18.982 km.

Graeme 2I0WGM and Philip MI0VIM submitted their picture to the BBC which can be seen at
https://twitter.com/BBCSkyBalloon/status/289016211143016448/photo/1

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STRaND-1 CubeSat & BBC Stargazing Live

STRaND-1 CubeSat Plasma Propulsion Test

STRaND-1 CubeSat Plasma Propulsion Test Firing

BBC TV have been filming at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) for an item on the STRaND-1 CubeSat mission for Stargazing Live.

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Reading Talk – The Sun by Dr Lucie Green

The Sun – Image Credit NASA SOHO

Dr Lucie Green from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory will be giving a talk about the Sun to the Reading and District Amateur Radio Club on Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 pm.

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CubeSat docking planned with Kinect technology

It’s an informal conclusion, of course. But the story of Surrey’s plan to dock CubeSats using Microsoft’s Kinect technology is certainly making the rounds, appearing in traditional places like Satnews and Flightglobal, as well as consumer electronic sources such as Gizmagodo and general news sites like the BBC.

The Kinect-enabled STRaND-2 is the sister craft to the previously announced STRaND-1, which uses smartphone tech.

Developing technology that could be used to separately launch the parts of a much larger craft that would be configured on orbit might bring those larger craft, and more ambitious goals, within reach of the CubeSat community.

It’s been a while since any news was forthcoming, but Cornell has also proposed using CubeSats to test reconfigurable technology that uses “flux-pinning” (video) to achieve similar goals.

Here’s to their success.

 

Wayne