Nexus One launched into area on CubeSat, turns into first PhoneSat in orbit (video)
Google’s Nexus One has dreamt of area journey for some time now, however on Monday it was lastly launched into orbit aboard a CubeSat dubbed STRaND-1, which was developed by Surrey Satellite tv for pc Know-how and the College of Surrey’s Surrey Area Centre. STRaND-1 now holds the dignity of being the primary PhoneSat and UK CubeSat that has made it into orbit. Alongside the HTC-made handset are an altitude and orbit management system, two propulsion setups and a Linux-based mostly pc with a “excessive-velocity” processor. After the Tux-pleasant rig conducts a battery of exams, it’s going to relinquish management of a lot of the satellite tv for pc’s features to the smartphone, which nonetheless runs Android.
Not solely will the mission check how business, off-the-shelf tech can survive within the vacuum and conduct experiments, nevertheless it’ll squeeze in some enjoyable courtesy of apps developed by winners of a contest held final yr. An app referred to as 360 will let people again on terra firma request their very own snapshots of earth taken with the telephone’s shooter and pin them to a map. Ridley Scott may wish to say nobody can hear you scream in area, however one other software loaded onto the system will put that to the check by enjoying consumer-submitted shrieks and recording them with the handset’s microphone as they playback. Hit the break for extra particulars and a quick video overview of the satellite tv for pc, or jab the extra protection hyperlinks to partake within the app shenanigans.
World’s first “phonesat”, STRaND-1, efficiently launched into orbit
STRaND-1, a nanosatellite carrying a smartphone, has efficiently launched into Area from India at this time.
- STRaND-1 will fly the world’s first smartphone in orbit and is the UK’s first CubeSat launched.
- The satellite tv for pc flies a Google Nexus One smartphone, a brand new Linux-based mostly excessive-velocity processor and angle & orbit management system, and two novel propulsion techniques (eight pulsed plasma thrusters and a water-alcohol propulsion system).
- STRaND-1 is a coaching and demonstration mission 3U CubeSat (10cm x 30cm) weighing four.three kg, developed by the Surrey Area Centre and Surrey Satellite tv for pc Know-how Ltd.
Launched right into a 785km Solar-synchronous orbit on ISRO’s PSLV launcher, the spacecraft is an progressive 3U CubeSat weighing four.three kg and is the world’s first “phonesat” to enter orbit, in addition to the primary UK CubeSat to be launched. Developed by a staff from the College of Surrey’s Surrey Area Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite tv for pc Know-how Restricted (SSTL), STRaND-1 is a coaching and demonstration mission, designed to check business off-the-shelf applied sciences in area.
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, SSC Director and in addition Government Chairman of SSTL, commented “STRaND-1 from SSC and SSTL is an instance of the actual synergy of educational analysis linked to business improvement and exploitation that’s the hallmark of Surrey. This mission is a implausible achievement and an incredible tribute to the exhausting work of the engineers concerned. The UK’s first nanosatellite SNAP-1, additionally constructed by SSC & SSTL and launched in 2000, was the world’s most superior nanosatellite on the time – STRaND-1 continues that story with the newest applied sciences obtainable to us in 2013.”
Sir Martin added: “This launch is SSTL’s first with ISRO, and I’m wanting ahead to exploring alternatives for additional launches and a wider collaboration on area tasks sooner or later.”
In the course of the first part of the mission, STRaND-1 shall be managed by the satellite tv for pc’s angle management system and a brand new excessive-velocity linux-based mostly CubeSat pc. Throughout part two the STRaND-1 group plans to modify most of the satellite tv for pc’s in-orbit operations to the smartphone, a Google Nexus One which makes use of the Android working system, thereby testing the capabilities of many commonplace smartphone elements for an area setting. The smartphone has additionally been loaded with various experimental ‘Apps’, some critical and a few only for enjoyable.
STRaND-1 is flying progressive new applied sciences corresponding to a ‘WARP DRiVE’ (Water Alcohol Resistojet Propulsion Deorbit Re-entry Velocity Experiment) and electrical Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs); each ‘firsts’ to fly on a nanosatellite. The WARP DRiVE propulsion system is designed to deorbit the satellite tv for pc on the finish of its helpful lifetime.
STRaND-1 is being commissioned and operated from the Surrey Area Centre’s floor station on the College of Surrey and newbie radio operators can monitor it from everywhere in the world. Particulars of the downlink frequency can be found at www.uk.amsat.org and we invite radio amateurs world-broad to trace STRaND-1. Commissioning is predicted to take roughly two weeks, with the switchover to the smartphone and the Apps having to attend till all the opposite methods onboard the satellite tv for pc have been absolutely examined.
You possibly can comply with STRaND at https://twitter.com/SurreyNanosats and for extra info go to http://www.sstl.co.uk/STRAND-nanosatellite
The Apps on board STRaND-1 have been developed by winners of a fb competitors held final yr:
iTesa will report the magnitude of the magnetic area across the telephone throughout orbit. Used as a precursor to additional scientific research, corresponding to detecting Alfven waves (magnetic oscillations in our higher environment), the iTEsa app might present proof of precept.
The STRAND Knowledge app will present satellite tv for pc telemetry on the smartphone’s show which could be imaged by a further digital camera on-board. It will allow new graphical telemetry to interpret developments.
The 360 app will take pictures utilizing the smartphone’s digital camera and use the know-how onboard the spacecraft to determine STRaND-1’s place. The general public will have the ability to request their very own distinctive satellite tv for pc picture of Earth by means of the web site, the place photographs might be seen on a map displaying the place they’ve been acquired. http://www.360app.co.uk/
The Scream in Area app was developed by Cambridge College Area Flight and can make full use of the smartphone’s audio system. Testing the idea ‘in area no-one can hear you scream, made fashionable within the 1979 movie ‘Alien’, the app will play movies of one of the best screams whereas in orbit and screams might be recorded utilizing the smartphone’s personal microphone. www.screaminspace.com