Scream in Space is back! Transmissions received from STRaND-1 cubesat after 4 month silence. More »
After nearly 4 months of silence, transmissions have been received from the STRaND-1 cubesat which carries the Scream in Space experiment. Radio amateur Mike Rupprecht (DK3WN) spotted the signals on 23rd July 2013 at 1634 UTC, representing the first sign of life from the satellite since it was last heard at the end of March. Here's his post documenting the find: "STRaND-1 is back". It seems likely that a single event anomaly affecting the CPU on the satellite may have been responsible for the outage.
This represents good news for the Scream in Space project, and we hope to bring you more updates once the satellite has undergone extensive testing by the team at SSTL. In the meantime, keep up-to-date with their latest progress by following Surrey Nanosats on Twitter.
The STRaND-1 cubesat carrying the Scream in Space experiment was successfully placed into orbit yesterday by the Indian Space Research Organisation, and is currently orbiting at an altitude of 785km above the Earth. This makes it the first smartphone in orbit!
Here's how the story has been reported on the BBC: "Smartphone fired into space to see if screams can be heard". Initial transmissions received from the satellite report that all systems are running well. It will be several weeks before STRaND-1 is declared fully operational, after which we will approach the point when the Nexus One phone can be switched on.
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 7 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: The World's First Smartphone In Space.
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!