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STRaND-1 (2013)

UK’s first cubesat in orbit, STRaND-1 (2013)

STRaND-1 is a 10 x 30cm cubesat weighing 3.5kg.  STRaND-1 is an R&D mission built in engineer's free time using advanced commercial off-the-shelf components and is being tracked and operated from the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey.
It flies innovative new technologies such as a WARP DRiVE (Water Alcohol Resistojet Propulsion Deorbit Re-entry Velocity Experiment), and electric Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs); both firsts to fly on a nanosatellite.  It is also flying a 3D plastic printed part - believed to be the first to fly in space!
At the heart of the satellite is a Google Nexus One smartphone with an Android operating system.  Smartphones are highly advanced and incorporate several key features that are integral to a satellite such as cameras, radio links, accelerometers and high performance computer processors - almost everything except solar panels and propulsion.

Attaching solar panels to STRAND-1

STRaND-1 flight ready

STRaND-1 during final assembly