India once again broke a global space record with the launch of world’s smallest and lightest satellite which weighs just 64 grams and was developed a teenager boy from Tamil Nadu named Rifath Sharook and six of his friends. The satellite was named KalamSat in the honour of late former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The satellite was launched into space by NASA’s sounding rocket and the lift-off was from the space agency’s Wallop Island facility on Monday.
The team led by Rifath Sharook hails from Tamil Nadu’s Pallapatti, created the smallest and lightest satellite in the world for NASA. Even more surprisingly, KalamSat is actually a 3D printed satellite! And it was for the first time that 3-D printing technology was used in space, that too for making a satellite. Rifath participated in a competition ‘Cubes in Space’ jointly organised by NASA and an organisation called ‘I Doodle Learning’ and his project was selected in the contest.
The 3.8 cm cube is fully 3D printed and is equipped with nano Geiger Muller counter for measuring the radiation in space, the satellite is built with reinforced carbon fiber polymer. KalamSat will soon be recovered by NASA and will be sent back to the team for decoding and collecting the data. The team of 7 teenagers is not stopping, they are now working under the supervision of Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder and CEO of Space Kidz India for something big next time, hoping to break a record again.