Strand-1 and Google Nexus have successfully been fired into space

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 28, 2013


Earlier this month we reported that the Nexus One would soon become the first smartphone to be launched into space, attached to the Strand-1 nanosatellite. The Strand-1 satellite has now left our planet as scheduled, with the Nexus One in tow.

So what exactly is the Nexus One going to do way up there in space? The Nexus One’s camera will be used to capture images of space, as well as use several apps to test the magnetic environment surrounding the Strand-1 and even test out the idea that screams can’t be heard in space. The nanosatellite’s scream test takes the form of playing several recorded screams into space, including the video directly below this paragraph.

More than likely the idea of no-screaming in space will hold up. If it doesn’t, the screaming videos could at least have the added benefit of driving away any would-be alien invaders that happen to come within contact of the recording.

So how exactly did the Nexus One and Strand-1 get up into space in the first place? The nanosatellite arrived in India on February 25th where it hitched a ride via the Isro Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

The idea of the Nexus One in space is certainly cool, but beyond the experiments that the phone will conduct, the nanosatellite itself also is testing out something different. The Strand-1 will utilize a unique propulsion method that produces thrust via a mix of water and alcohol and charged gas to move around. What do you think of this project, glad to see the Nexus One being put to good use?

  • Why not something with a better camera?

    • agreed, nexus 4 for instance? or can’t Google even get hold of one?

      • George

        The old hardware for both of you who most likely don’t know is more suitable for those types of uses because it’s much less prone to electromagnetic fields which makes it more durable than the new ones!
        When you’re in space you’re gonna worry about safety first,then about features.
        If something breaks up there you can’t just go and replace it.

  • jesus galaviz

    i wonder how long it will take for that nexus to recieve its updates? lol