India Becomes The First Country To Put Smartphone Into Orbit – STRaND-1

India has become the first country to put Smartphone into the orbit which is loaded with some serious and some fun apps.

The nano-satellite STRaND-1, built by University of Surrey’s Surrey Space Centre (SSC), carrying a Smartphone, has been successfully launched into space from Sriharikota, India, according to PTI report.

STRaND-1 is a training and demonstration mission weighing 4.3 kg, intended to test commercial off the shelf technologies in space. Launched into a 785 km Sun-synchronous orbit on Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO’s PSLV launcher on Monday, the spacecraft is an innovative 3U CubeSat weighing 4.3 kg and is the world’s first ‘phonesat’ to go into orbit, as well as the first UK CubeSat to be launched.

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, SSC Director and Executive Chairman of SSTL, said, “This launch is SSC’s first with Isro, and I am looking forward to exploring opportunities for further launches and a wider collaboration on space projects in the future.”

“This launch is SSTL’s first with ISRO, and I am looking forward to exploring opportunities for further launches and a wider collaboration on space projects in the future,” he added.

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