Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old student from Tamil Nadu, has developed what he claims is the world’s smallest and lightest satellite.
Sharook, whose satellite will be launched by NASA in June, will be the first Indian student to have his experiment launched by NASA.
The satellite, made using reinforced carbon fibre polymer, is named ‘KalamSat’, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
The satellite has been designed in a way which will have a 240-minute mission in space and will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space.
The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre. We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world and found ours was the lightest,” Sharook said.
Earlier, in 2015, Sharook had invented a 1,200g helium weather balloon from a ground in Kelambakkam. The invention was a part of ‘Young Scientist India-2015’ competition held by Space kids India.
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