May 29, 2012 AT 12:00 am

Engineers use XBox technology to make ‘space building blocks’

Pt 1078

Engineers use XBox technology to make ‘space building blocks’ – University of Surrey – Guildford.

Space innovators at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) are developing ‘STRaND-2’, a twin-satellite mission to test a novel in-orbit docking system based upon XBOX Kinect technology that could change the way space assets are built, maintained and decommissioned.

STRaND-2 is the latest mission in the cutting edge STRaND (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator) programme, following on from the smartphone-powered STRaND-1 satellite that is near completion.  Similar in design to STRaND-1, the identical twin satellites will each measure 30cm (3 unit Cubesat) in length, and utilise components from the XBOX Kinect games controller to scan the local area and provide the satellites with spatial awareness on all three axes.


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2 Comments

  1. Woo currently studying elec eng at university of Surrey! Such an awesome place :D

  2. Technology is sure amazing, I wonder what it will be like in 2020

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