KalamSat, named after India’s nuclear scientist and former president APJ Abdul Kalam is the world’s smallest satellite that NASA plans to launch June 21. Credit for the creation of this satellite is repeated for one Bright Indian student named Rifath Sharook, who was only 18 years old.
The Indian teenager, belonging to Pallapatti in Tamil Nadu, India has taken pride in creating the world’s smallest and lightest satellite for NASA. The 18-year-old will break a record for space in the world when NASA will launch the satellite, which weighs only astounding 64 grams.
It will be a proud moment for India on June 21 when a NASA probe rocket will take to Wallops KalamSat Island, a facility for NASA. The story will be a script when the adolescent experience will be carried out by NASA for the first time.
Rifath said 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 microgravity space environment, he said.
“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 contest jointly organized by NASA and an organization called ‘Learning I Doodle’ – and his 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.
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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. “