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STRaND-1 "smartphone satellite" launches | GizMag.com

STRaND-1 "smartphone satellite" launches | GizMag.com | Space and others | Scoop.it

The world’s first space smartphone was launched into orbit today (Feb 25) atop an Indian Space Research Organisation PSLV rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. It’s part of the systems of the STRaND-1 spacecraft, which was sent into a 785-kilometer (488-mi) Sun-synchronous orbit where it will carry out a series of technology demonstrations under the guidance of the Surrey Space Centre’s ground station at the University of Surrey, UK.

 

Launched along with the twin BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) spacecraft, STRaND-1 is also the UK’s first CubeSat. It was developed by a team from the University of Surrey’s Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). The 10 cm x 30 cm (3.9 in x 11.8 in) 3U CubeSat weighs 4.3 kg (9.4 lb) and is carrying out a training and demonstration mission. In addition to the Google Nexus One smartphone it has a Linux-based high-speed processor, attitude and orbit control systems, eight pulsed plasma thrusters, and a water-alcohol propulsion system.

 

The first phase will be controlled by the Linux processor as STRaND-1 carries out tests on its new experimental propulsion and control systems. In the second phase, the smartphone will take control in order to demonstrate how many smartphone systems can be readily adapted for satellite applications.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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PSLV C 20 launched into space

PSLV C 20 launched into space | Space and others | Scoop.it
In what proves to be a major landmark in India’s space research programme, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle was launched on Monday in Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

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Another Delay in Launching Canadian Satellites

Another Delay in Launching Canadian Satellites | Space and others | Scoop.it

The launch of several critical Canadian satellites has once again been delayed. Scheduled for a January 12th launch, the new target date is mid-February according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). During thermo-vacuum testing an issue came up with the primary payload on the launch, the joint Indian-France satellite SARAL.

 

The Canadian satellites are part of a secondary payload set to launch on India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C20...


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Second Vehicle Assembly Building at Sriharikota Approved By the Union ... - Jagran Josh

Second Vehicle Assembly Building at Sriharikota Approved By the Union ... - Jagran Josh | Space and others | Scoop.it
Second Vehicle Assembly Building at Sriharikota Approved By the Union ...
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The Second Vehicle Assembly Building will facilitate enhanced launch frequency of PSLV and GSLV by helping in parallel integration operations.
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