The UK’s nano satellite STRaND-1 has taken an Android smart-phone (Nexus One) where no other smart-phone has gone before, space! The satellite also contains a small computer running Linux in its payload.
During the summer of 2011, the STRaND team ran a competition to find apps to be loaded onto the phone. There selected winners were:
iTesa – will record the magnitude of the magnetic field around the phone during orbit.
The STRAND Data app – will show satellite telemetry on the smartphone’s display which can be imaged by an additional camera on-board.
The 360 app – will take images using the smartphone’s camera and use the technology onboard the spacecraft to establish STRaND-1’s position.
The Scream in Space app – will make full use of the smartphone’s speakers. Testing the theory ‘in space no-one can hear you scream, made popular in the 1979 film ‘Alien’.
The anatomy of STRaND-1