Indian kid designs KalamSat, World’s lightest satellite

  • Indian kid designs KalamSat, World’s lightest satellite
17-05-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

An 18 year old Rifath Sharook, from south Indian state of Tamil Nadu invented “KalamSat”, the smallest and lightest satellite in the world, made using reinforced carbon fiber polymer.

KalamSat weighs exactly 64 grams, which is lesser than a smartphone’s weight. It is named after former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam. NASA is set to launch the satellite on June 21 from Wallops Island in the US.

This pioneering creation was made by Sharook as a part of a competition he took part in, called Cubes in Space, which was organised by NASA and a global education company idoodlelearning Inc. The Cubes in Space challenge was all about creating an experiment which could fit in a 4 meter cube and possess an accurate mass of 64 grams, which could be sent to space.

According to Sharook, this project would be a sub-orbital flight and after it is launched, the mission span would be 240 minutes. The tiny satellite is supposed to operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space.

“The main role of the satellite would be to demonstrate the performance of 3D-printed carbon fiber” Sharook said. “We obtained some of the components from abroad and some are indigenous,” he further added.

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