Oct 15 2017

Tamil Nadu boy designs world s smallest satellite for NASA – Proud moment #the #smallest


Tamil Nadu boy designs world’s ‘smallest’ satellite for NASA

Proud moment

Eighteen-year-old Rifath Sharook, belonging to a comparatively unknown town of Pallapatti in Tamil Nadu, is all set to break a global space record by launching the lightest satellite in the world, weighing a mere 64 grams.’

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And NASA is going to use it

The satellite, called KalamSat, will be launched by a NASA sounding rocket on June 21 from Wallops Island, a NASA facility. This will be the first time an Indian student’s experiment will be flown by NASA.

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Features of the tiny satellite

Rifath 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. “The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre,” he explained.

Rifath said the satellite is made mainly of reinforced carbon fibre polymer. “We obtained some of the components from abroad and some are indigenous,” he said.

Named after APJ Abdul Kalam

The satellite, named after India’s nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, is also a first to be manufactured via 3D printing.

How NASA picked the satellite

The satellite was selected through a competition called ‘Cubes in Space’, jointly organised by NASA and a organisation called ‘I Doodle Learning’.

The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown to space which will fit into a four-metre cube weighing exactly 64 grams. “We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world and found ours was the lightest,” he said.

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