Indian teenager 3D prints "world's lightest satellite" to launch on NASA rocket

James Marshall
May 15, 2017

The satellite created by Indian teen is the world's smallest ever created.

In fact, Rifath Shaarook, an 18-year old student from Karur district in Tamil Nadu, has built what could be the lightest satellite in the world. KalamSat satellite is made of re-inforced carbon fibre polymer.

Meet Rifath Sharook, an Indian teenager hailing from Tamil Nadu's Pallapatti, who has made India proud by creating the smallest and lightest satellite in the world for US's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The satellite, which weighs just 64 grams, is expected to launch on a sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Island facility, Virginia in June.

The satellite created by Sharook was part of a contest "Cubes in Space", which was sponsored jointly by NASA and "I Doodle Learning". Sharook has named the 4 cm device the "Kalam Sat" in reference to former Indian President A.P.J.

Speaking to TOI from Pallapatti, Rifath said it will be a sub-orbital flight and post-launch, the mission span will be 240 minutes and the tiny satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space.

Sharook, a Class 12 student from Tamil Nadu's Pallapatti town, created the unbelievable satellite named after former Indian President (late) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. We obtained some of the components from overseas and some are indigenous. One of the main roles of the satellite is to see how 3D printed carbon fiber fares in space. "The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown to space which would fit into a four-metre cube weighing 64 grammes".

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