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Rifath Shaarook designed KalamSat as the world's lightest satellite

Tinuku ~ Indian teens create the 'lightest satellite' in the world. A teenager from India creates an object that is considered to be the lightest satellite in the world. The object named KalamSat will be launched into orbit from NASA's facility in June as the winner of the Cubes in Space competition.

Tinuku Rifath Shaarook designed KalamSat as the world's lightest satellite

The 64-gram device by Rifath Shaarook was selected as a winner in a competition sponsored by NASA. The 18-year-old teenager says the main purpose of satellite making is to show how carbon fiber is printed using a 3-D printing machine.

Rifath told local media that the satellite he created would perform a four-hour mission for suborbital flights. Within four hours, the lightweight satellite will operate for about 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment.

"We designed the satellite entirely from the beginning, and there will be a new type of computer attached to the satellite and eight sensor units to measure the speed, rotation and magnetosphere of the earth," Shaarook said.

The satellite is called KalamSat taken from the name of former president of India, Abdul Kalam, who is also a pioneer of aeronautical scientific ambitions in the country. The Rifath project was selected in a competition called Cubes in Space, hosted by NASA and the idoodle education company. Rifath Shaarook designed KalamSat as the world's lightest satellite

Rifath is a newcomer scientist from a small town in Tamil Nadu and now works as a lead scientist at Space Kidz India in Chennai, an organization promoting science and education for Indian children and youth.

KalamSat was not his first discovery. When was 15, he made a helium weather balloon as part of a national competition for young scientists.


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