The 64-gram satellite has been named after the former Indian president, and a pioneer in aeronautical science in India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
By Aishwarya Krishnan | Published: May 15, 2017 2:53 PM IST
India has been a pioneer in the field of science and an 18-year-old teen, Rifath Sharook has joined the long list of contributors to the field of Astro-science by inventing the world’s lightest satellite. KalamSat satellite weighs only 64 grams and will be launched by NASA on 21st June 2017. The teen prodigy behind this invention, Rifath Sharook is a South Indian student who took part in the competition ‘Cubes in Space’ organised by NASA and ‘I Doodle Learning’. The Indian teen will be the first student from our country to have his experiment launched by NASA. 16-year-old Kalyani Shrivastava from Jhansi built a cheapest AC in India for just Rs 1,800
The 18-year-old has designed the light weight satellite which will have a 240-minute mission in space, all thanks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The satellite has been named after the former Indian president, and a pioneer in aeronautical science in India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Sharook hails from a small town in Tamil Nadu called Pallapatti and has big dreams for the satellite. Breast Cancer: Mexican teenager invents a bra that can detect early signs of the disease.
Talking to Times of India, Sharook said, “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.” Talking about the mission of the satellite to be launched, he 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.” NASA releases beautiful night pictures of India and globe at night.
This is not the first time that the 18-year-old genius invented something out of the box. Back in 2015, Rifath Sharook had invented a 1,200g helium weather balloon from a ground in Kelambakkam. This invention was a part of ‘Young Scientist India-2015’ competition held by Space Kids India. The KalamSat satellite is a tribute to Sharook’s inspiration, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and is already making India extremely proud. The launch of KalamSat will take place at the Wallops Island facility and will be a tremendous achievement in Indian space history!