18-year-old from Tamil Nadu designs world’s lightest satellite

The first time ever, an 18-year-old Indian student from Tamil Nadu Rifath Sharook designs the world’s lightest satellite, which is going to be used by NASA. The satellite was reportedly selected through a competition called ‘Cubes in Space.Rifath Sharook designed KalamSat, the lightest satellite in the world. The satellite will be launched by NASA sounding rocket on June 21 from Wallops Island. Let me tell you, this will be the first time an Indian student’s experiment will be piloted by NASA.Rifath while speaking to that mission span will be 240 minutes and the little satellite can operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space. He explained:The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre,” He also said that his satellite was selected through a contest known as “Cubes in Space” which is jointly organized by NASA and an ‘I Doodle Learning’ organization. Rifath Sharook said that the main challenge while designing the satellite was selecting the material that would prove to be the lightest.We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world and found ours was the lightest.It was made using reinforced carbon fiber polymer and weighs lesser than a smartphone’s weight.The aim of the project is to take the performance of new technology to space,The competition was all about creating an experimental satellite that would fit in a 4 metre cube and also possess an accurate mass of 64 grams, which can 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.

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