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STRaND 1

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2013-009E

Description

STRAND 1 is a 9.4-pound (4-kg) triple-CubeSat satellite, the world's first satellite with a smartphone-based computer. STRaND-1 is also packed with a multitude of experimental systems that will allow it to do all sorts of exciting things when in orbit. STRaND-1 will have no less than 4 means of maneuvering. It is equipped with magnetorquers and reaction wheels as well as some brand new propulsion systems: the WARP DRiVE and 8 Pulsed Plasma Thrusters. The Cubesat will also carry a total of four cameras: two to help orientate the satellite (the sun sensor and nadir sensor seen in the image below), the phone camera that will shoot photos of Earth and a final one (also seen in the image) that will show us what the phone is doing in orbit.

Alternate Names

  • STRaND1
  • (Surrey Training Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator 1
  • 39090

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2013-02-25
Launch Vehicle: PSLV-CA
Launch Site: Sriharikota, India
Mass: 3.5 kg

Funding Agency

  • University of Surrey (United Kingdom)

Discipline

  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

 
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