STRaND-1

Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstration STRaND

The STRaND programme is intended to be a long-term arrangement between SSTL and the SSC, with STRaND-1 the first of a long line of STRaND nanosatellites. It builds upon a similar programme, a decade ago, which resulted in the highly successful SNAP-1 nanosatellite mission, launched in 2000.
STRaND-1 is using a three Cubesat (3U) module structure to provide a quick and cost-effective framework to test the applications of smartphone technology in space.

Whilst the phone gets all of the media attention, STRaND-1 is packed with a multitude of experimental systems that will allow it to do all sorts of exciting things when in orbit. STRaND-1 will have no less than 4 means of manoeuvring. It is equipped with magnetorquers and reaction wheels as well as some brand new propulsion systems: the WARP DRiVE and 8 Pulsed Plasma Thrusters. The Cubesat will also carry a total of four cameras: two to help orientate the satellite (the sun sensor and nadir sensor seen in the image below), the phone camera that will shoot photos of Earth and a final one (also seen in the image) that will show us what the phone is doing in orbit.

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NASA-Catalog: 39090

Downlink

437.568 MHz 9k6 FSK AX.25 (later 19k2)

Call

Status

ACTIVE

31 March 2013 - October 2013 no signals

Orbital Parameter

Inclination             98.607
RA of A. Node           245.807
Eccentricity            0.0005347
Argument of Perigee     261.850
Revs per day            14.33079817
Period                  1h 40m 28s (100.47 min)
Semi-major axis         7 160 km
Perigee x Apogee        778 x 785 km
BStar (drag term)       0.000107290 1/ER
Mean anomaly            98.178


At the heart of STRaND-1 is a Google Nexus One smartphone with an Android operating system. Smartphones contain highly advanced technologies and incorporate several key features that are integral to a satellite – such as cameras, radio links, accelerometers and high performance computer processors – almost everything a spacecraft needs except the solar panels and propulsion.

During the first phase of the mission, STRaND-1 will use a number of experimental ‘Apps’ to collect data whilst a new high-speed linux-based CubeSat computer developed by SSC takes care of the satellite. During phase two, the STRaND-1 team plan to switch the satellite’s in-orbit operations to the smartphone, thereby testing the capabilities of a number of standard smartphone components for a space environment. The satellite will be commissioned and operated from the Surrey Space Centre’s ground station at the University of Surrey.

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Being the first smartphone satellite in orbit is just one of many ‘firsts’ that STRaND-1 is hoping to achieve. It will also fly 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 printed part – believed to be the first to fly in space!

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Telemetry

Hummingbird - The Open Satellite Ground Segment (LINUX)
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At the moment you should see this repetitious set of telemetry frames:

083:  00 C0 80 88 09 02 66 81 05 00 00 58 00 59
084:  00 C0 80 89 09 02 66 86 05 00 03 09 02 04
085:  00 C0 80 8A 09 02 66 8B 05 00 00 59 00 5B
086:  00 C0 80 8B 09 02 66 90 05 00 00 56 00 5A
087:  00 C0 80 8C 09 02 66 95 05 00 00 5B 00 56
088:  00 C0 80 8D 09 02 66 9A 05 00 00 59 00 59
089:  00 C0 80 8E 09 02 66 9F 05 00 00 58 00 57
090:  00 C0 80 8F 09 02 66 A4 05 00 00 57 00 59
091:  00 C0 80 90 09 02 66 A9 05 00 00 00 00 00
092:  00 C0 80 91 09 02 66 AC 05 00 00 00 00 00
093:  00 C0 80 92 0C 02 80 0C 08 BB E3 07 00 00 00 00 00
094:  00 C0 80 93 06 02 2C 03 02 A2 00
095:  00 C0 80 94 06 02 2C 08 02 A7 00
096:  00 C0 80 95 06 02 2D 0D 02 C8 03
097:  00 C0 80 96 06 02 2D 07 02 FF 03
098:  00 C0 80 97 06 02 2D 01 02 C5 00
099:  00 C0 80 98 06 02 2D 04 02 CF 03
100:  00 C0 80 99 06 02 2D 0A 02 FF 03
101:  00 C0 80 9A 06 02 2D 1F 02 94 03
102:  00 C0 80 9B 0C 02 89 03 08 43 A5 00 00 51 C6 00 00
103:  00 C0 80 9C 0C 02 89 05 08 08 86 02 00 BF E3 07 00
10 frames switch board telemtry (0x66)
1 OBC time frame (UNIX time stamp)
8 OBC telemetry frames (battery voltage, solar array currents)
2 magnetometer telemetry frames (x,y,z)

There is no message beacon at the moment.
IF the text message is sent you can expect the following frames:

014:  00 C0 80 8A 2E C0 53 54 52 61 4E 44 31 20 4D 4F 44 45 4D 20 42 45 41 43 4F 4E 20 
           2D 20 48 65 6C 70 20 6D 65 20 4F 42 43 20 4B 65 6E 6F 62 69 0D 0A C0 00
015:  00 C0 80 8B 06 01 E0 00 00 07 26
016:  00 01 E1 00 00 00 06
017:  00 01 E3 00 00 00 00
018:  00 01 E2 00 00 19 EC
019:  00 01 E4 00 00 00 00

The " STRaND1 MODEM BEACON - Help me OBC Kenobi" message followed by 5 modem telemetry frames (&E0 .. &E4) -> packet counters and time since last I2C message Only the first one (&E0) contains the HDLC flag.

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Test of the Embedded High Performance Computer Digi Wi-9C since Feb 5, 2014
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Test of the Google Nexus One Mobile Phone since Feb 5, 2014.
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Homepage und weitere Info's

http://www.sstl.co.uk/Divisions/Earth-Observation-Science/Science-Missions/STRaND-nanosatellite
http://www.sstl.co.uk/news-and-events?story=1898
http://www.uk.amsat.org/on_193_final.pdf
http://www.uk.amsat.org/?page_id=12196
http://www.facebook.com/nanosats

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