The first smartphone satellite will run Google’s Android operating system and is all set to be launched in its orbit. Surrey Training Research and Nanosatellite Demonstration (STRAND), after many months of development, is close to finalising a launch for later this year. Kenyon is the joint leader of the Strand-1 satellite team.
“We keep building it, and taking it apart, and tweaking it a little bit and building it up again, finding an interesting feature, then taking it apart,” said Shaun Kenyon an engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited.
The smartphone will be placed at the heart of the 30-cm (11-inch) long Strand-1 satellite. At a side, a hole is cut for the camera. It will have apps like one designed to capture ‘postcards from space’, another app will try to prove conclusively whether it’s true that in space no-one can hear one scream. To do this, the phone will play screams and attempt to record them on its inbuilt microphone, according to Reuters. Applications are also built to exploit the phone’s inbuilt magnetometer – used for its compass – to measure the magnetic field around the satellite along with apps that will use the phones’ WiFi capability.