KalamSat: Lightest satellite in the world is brainchild of 18-year-old Indian student and a gift to NASA

KalamSat: Lightest satellite in the world is brainchild of 18-year-old Indian student and a gift to NASA

New Delhi:
Meet Rifath Sharook, an Indian teen from the Pallapatti Tamil Nadu, who became India proudly creating the world’s smallest and lightest satellite for NASA. The 18-year-old prepares to break a world record with the launch of the space satellite called KalamSat weighs only 64 grams drastically.

The world will witness and history will be held on June 21 when a NASA spacecraft rocket from Wallops Island KalamSat, the NASA facility, reported TOI. The story must be created when the Indian student experience will be held by NASA for the first time.

According to Rifath, the satellite will be a sub-orbital flight and the duration of the mission will be 240 minutes after launch. The small satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity space environment.

“The main role of the satellite will demonstrate the performance of printed 3-D carbon fiber,” Rifath told YOU.

Rifath said he participated in a “space cubes” contest, jointly organized by NASA and an organization called “Learning Doodle I” and its satellite was selected.

The main challenge of the competition was the development of an experiment to send in a space that corresponds to a cube of four meters that weighs only 64 grams.

“We did a lot of research on different satellites cubes around the world and found ours to be the smallest,” he said by TOI.

Rifath said the reinforced carbon fiber polymer is mainly used to create the satellite. “We have some pieces coming from abroad and some of us are indigenous,” he said.

As the name of the satellite, “KalamSat” is the name of the Indian nuclear scientist and former president APJ Abdul Kalam. The Rifath project is the first to be manufactured through 3D printing.

Speaking of his experience, Rifath added: “We completely designed from scratch. There will be a new type of onboard computer and eight integrated indigenous sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and magnetosphere. Lead to the space that would be in a cube of four meters with a weight of 64 grams. “

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