India succeeded in launching the first smartphone into space when the STRaND-1, a nano-satellite, carried a phone loaded with apps into orbit on Monday. The mission was designed to test commercial technologies in space, said The Times of India.
The British-built spacecraft was launched from Sriharikota in India, according to The Daily Mail. The program was led by scientists from the University of Surrey's Surrey Space Center and Surrey Satellite Technology.
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The satellite will be guided by a Google Nexus One Android smartphone which acts as the "brain." The phone has been tested to work in a vacuum and at temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
"This launch is SSTL's first with ISRO, and I am looking forward to exploring opportunities for further launches and a wider collaboration on space projects in the future," said Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, SSC Director and Executive Chairman of SSTL, according to Indian newspaper Deccan Herald.