STRaND-1: Launched 2013

STRaND-1: Launched 2013

STRaND-1 was the UK's first cubesat in orbit. Space researchers at the University of Surrey's Surrey Space Centre and SSTL engineers developed STRaND-1, a 3U CubeSat weighing 3.5kg containing a smartphone payload. STRaND-1 was built in engineer's free time using advanced commercial off-the-shelf components that was launched into orbit in 2013. Due to issues with the antenna, communications with STRaND-1 were patchy and it was not possible to switch on the smartphone onboard the satellite for long enough to use it for satellite operations