NASA launches world’s smallest satellite built by 18 year old Indian in Tamil Nadu!

Indians have now overtook all other country in building the world’s smallest satellite which was launched by NASA on Thursday. The smallest satellite was built by a 18 year old student in Tamil Nadu few months back, which grabbed the attention of the world.

The satellite was named Kalamsat, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam. The satellite weighs just 64 grams and was flown into the space in a NASA sounding rocket from a NASA facility in Wallops Island, reported ANI.

With the launch of this tiny satellite, India has created a world record. The boy Sharook who lead the team said that “the achievement would not have been possible without the support of his team. “It’s a 3D printed satellite. It is for the first time that 3D printing technology is being used in space. We have made history. The world’s smallest satellite has been launched in space. It was not possible without my team,” he said.

The project was carried in the Space Kids India, under the supervision of Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder and CEO of the organisation. Dr Kesan speaking to TOI said  “the satellite separated from the rocket 125 minutes after it took off. She further added the NASA will recover the satellite and will send it back to to them for recovering of the data. “Kalamsat fell into the sea. It will be recovered and NASA will be sending it back to us for decoding the data.”

Kesan further said, the 3.8 cm cube structured-satellite can fit in one’s palm and is fully 3-D printed. Equipped with nano Geiger Muller counter for measuring the radiation in space, the satellite is built with reinforced carbon fiber polymer. “Space is not unreachable… Space has got no boundaries and therefore, let’s all do research together and let’s conquer Mars soon.”

This is a commendable work by the young minds of India which has shown that India in no way in inferior to any other country and all that they require is support and encouragement.

Source: Indian Express

Aishwarya S