The phone, which will run Google's Android operating system, will take pictures of the Earth later this year.
Although it will be a smartphone, the precise model has not been disclosed. It will be the first time a phone has gone into orbit.
Shaun Kenyon, the project manager, said: "Modern smartphones are pretty amazing."They come now with processors that can go up to 1GHz, and they have loads of flash memory. First of all, we want to see if the phone works up there, and if it does, we want to see if the phone can control a satellite.
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