STRaND satellites by Surrey Satellite Technology

“STRaND-2” a twin-satellite mission, based upon XBOX Kinect technology to test a novel in-orbit docking system, developed by a team at University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).  Image credit: Surrey Satellite Technology

The cutting edge STRaND (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator) program, could change the way satellites are built, upgraded and maintained in space.

The identical twin satellites, measuring 30 cm (1 ft) in length, will utilize components from the XBOX Kinect games, allowing to seek each other out and dock to form a new, larger satellite.

“We were really impressed by what MIT had done flying an autonomous model helicopter that used Kinect and asked ourselves: Why has no-one used this in space?” says SSTL Project Lead Shaun Kenyon. “Once you can launch low cost nanosatellites that dock together, the possibilities are endless – like space building blocks.”

source Surrey Satellite Technology