18 years old Indian teenager Rifath Shaarook has made worlds lightest satellite completely from scratch . This satellite weight 64-gram and selected as the winner in a youth design competition . This satellite named as KalamSat (named after Indian president Abdul Kalam)
NASA is planning to launch this satellite on low earth orbit of the earth on june 21st 2017 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia . Rifath said,” the main purpose of this satellite is to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre” .
Important features of this satellite
- Lightest weight 64 gram
- Minimum size
- Built in 8-sensors to measure acceleration, rotation, and the magnetosphere of Earth.
- On board computer to process data obtained from sensors
- Super-high strength-to-weight ratio since he used reinforced carbon fibre polymer frame
- Supported bythe Colorado Space Grant Consortium and by NASA
Rifath Shaarook is a talented genuene student and is interested in practical electronics and communications . This cube satellite is not his first invention , he had made lots of other projects related with this field . At the age of 15, he built a helium weather balloon which he has expected to give perfect weather measurements .