'Smartphone-sat' ready for launch


The world's first "smartphone-sat" is ready for launch.

Known as Strand-1, the British-built spacecraft will be fully controlled by a Google Nexus One device during part of its six-month mission in orbit.

The project has been led from the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), both in Guildford.

Strand-1 was packed off to India this week for a rocket launch that is likely to occur at the end of the month.

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