U.K. set to launch Google Nexus One-controlled satellite

Originally announced back in 2011, the Strand-1 satellite is finally scheduled for takeoff later this month. Developed by Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology Limited and the Surrey Space Centre, the Strand-1 is a tiny satellite that is being hailed as the world's first smartphone satellite, housed around the body of a Google Nexus One handset.

Once in orbit, the satellite will use specially developed apps to collect scientific data. In addition to the data collection the researchers will also use the phone's 5-megapixel camera to capture images of the Earth and Moon. Although the initial phase of the satellite's operation will be controlled via the Linux operating system, during phase two of the mission the satellite's controls will be turned over to the phone's Android operating system, operated remotely from a control station at the University of Surrey.

The Strand-1 team put together a animation showing what the satellite will look like from take off to orbit which you can see in the video below.


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