SSTL – a leading British Aerospace firm and world leaders in small satellite missions - are intrigued by the potential for low cost research missions offered by the massive sunk development costs represented by modern mobile phones. Contemporary smartphones boast accelerometers, high resolution cameras, GPS position and velocity detection, and USB & Wi-Fi interfaces. So SSTL are putting a Smartphone into space to see what they can do with it.
SSTL have developed a version of Google’s popular operating system S-Android to enable the ‘CubeSat’ spacecraft and mobile to communicate with Earth – the challenge is, just what research ideas should it communicate? So SSTL launched a competition for research ideas and invited Pull Digital to sponsor the programme by dreaming up and deploying a communication and competition entry process for SSTL.
Pull soon realised that Facebook’s crowd-sourcing and content hosting techniques were ideal to power the competition and developed a Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nanosats for SSTL with customised tabs to host the competition. Visitors to the page are incentivised to click the ‘Like’ button to reveal user- generated content, the competition entry form and to rate app ideas to produce the winner.
The mission will be flown in early 2012. Pull Digital is proud to sponsor flying Androids for SSTL.