Indian teenagers make the world's smallest satellite for NASA

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Indian teenagers make the world's smallest satellite for NASA
An Indian teenager has reportedly succeeded in developing the smallest and lightest satellite in the world. Predicate is not without reason because the satellite named KalamSat has a weight of only 64gram.

The satellite will be the first satellite made by an Indian teenager to be sent into space by NASA. The name KalamSat was inspired by the name of a nuclear scientist who is also eleventh President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam.

The developer, 18-year-old Rifath Sharook, originally created this satellite to join NASA's 'Cubes in Space' competition. The program aims to showcase new technology into space.


Uniquely, Sharook claimed to make this satellite from scratch. He says this satellite has the latest on-board computer with eight original sensors embedded to measure Earth's speed, rotation, and magnetic power.

"The main challenge is to design experiments that can be flown into space and enough in a cube with an area of four meters weighs 64 grams," he said as quoted from the Business Standard.


Furthermore, Sharook said, the satellite will fly in the sub-orbitals with a mission span of about 240 minutes. Later, the satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment in outer space.


The main function of this satellite is to test the performance of 3D prints on carbon fiber. For information, KalamSat is the first satellite built by utilizing 3D prints.

While this satellite is not the first discovery Sharook. Previously, at the age of 15 years he also managed to build a helium air balloon that was included in the national competition in India.
 

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