In yet another instance that shows the tech prowess of Indians, NASA has chosen a satellite created by an Indian teen for its sub-orbital space flight. The satellite created by Indian teen is the world’s smallest ever created. It was developed by 18-year old Rifath Sharook who comes from Pallapatti town in Tamil Nadu. The satellite he created weighs just 64 grams. The satellite is named KalamSat and it will be onboard the launch planned by NASA on June 21. As the name suggests, the satellite is named after India’s nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalam. It will be launched from a NASA facility in Wallops Island.
The satellite created by Sharook was part of a contest ‘Cubes in Space’, which was sponsored jointly by NASA and ‘I Doodle Learning’. The mission phase of the space launch will be 240 minutes, during which time, the satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space. The primary purpose of the satellite is to examine the performance of 3D-printed carbon fiber. Speaking about the development, Sharook said, “We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth. The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown to space which would fit into a four-meter cube weighing 64 grams”.