World’s lightest satellite built by an Indian teen

World’s lightest satellite built by an Indian teen: Rifath Shaarook’s 64-gram (0.14 lb) device was selected as the winner in a competition co-sponsored by Nasa and is thought could be the world’s lightest satellite, which will be put on a four-hour mission for a sub-orbital flight by Nasa facility in the US in June 2017. During that time, the lightweight satellite is expected to operate for around 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space.

The satellite has been named KalamSat after former Indian president Abdul Kalam, a pioneer for the country’s aeronautical science ambitions.

His project was selected in a challenge called Cubes in Space, organised by NASA and education company idoodle.

The 18-year-old wanted to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre. “We designed it completely from scratch,” Rifath said. “It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth.”

Newcomer scientist Rifath comes from a small town in Tamil Nadu and now works as lead scientist at Chennai-based Space Kidz India, an organisation promoting science and education for Indian children and teenagers.

The KalamSat is not his first invention: at the age of 15, he built a helium weather balloon as a part of nationwide competition for young scientists.

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