Scream in Space to launch into orbit on 25 February on ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from Sriharikota, India. More »
The Scream in Space mission, testing the hypotheis that 'in space, no-one can hear you scream', is due to launch on 25th February. It will be on-board the world's first smartphone satellite, called STRaND-1, a 30cm CubeSat weighing 4.3kg. It will launch into a 785km sun-synchronous orbit on ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from Sriharikota, India.
Contained on the SD card of the Android phone inside the satellite are the videos of the competition winners, ready to be played as the satellite flies through space at over 20 kilometres a second. We'll be capturing photos of the videos as they orbit the Earth, and recording audio to discover whether we really can hear anyone scream!
Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get the latest news in the days running up to launch. In the meantime, here's a video from Surrey Space Centre giving an insight into the STRaND-1 satellite itself:
We're carrying out an experiment that will change the scientific world forever. The plan is so audacious that not even NASA has attempted it. The question is this: can anyone hear you scream in space?
Later this year, a nanosatellite will be launched into orbit around the Earth, carrying an Android smartphone which will serve as the platform for our investigation. Videos of people screaming will be played from YouTube, and we'll be recording with a microphone to see what we can hear.
That's all simple enough. But we need your help!
Do you have what it takes to be one of our intrepid scream volunteers? If so, find out more about the mission, check out some of the existing screams, and then enter your own!