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18-Year-old boy from India designs world’s lightest satellite!

If you think that success and experience go hand in hand, you’re wrong. It’s true that hard work and persistence can take you places. But, there are a few ‘gifted’ exceptions. An 18 year old boy from Chennai has just created history. RifathSharookbelongs to the lesser known town of Pallapatti in Tamil Nadu. He is all set to break the global space record by launching the lightest satellite in the world, weighing just 64 grams.

The satellite is called KalamSat (no guesses for that). It will be launched by a NASA sounding rocket on June 21 from Wallops Island, a NASA facility. Rifath is making history as this is the first time an Indian student’s experiment will be flown by NASA.

Rifath told TOI that 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. He said the satellite was selected through a competition called ‘Cubes in space’, jointly organised by NASA and an organisation called ‘I Doodle Learning’.

The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown to space which will fit into a four centimetre cube in 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. 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.

The world is obsessed with the number 1. Take pride, this is India.

Source & Credit: Indiatimes.com


Alok Shetty

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