An 18 years old boy, named as Rifath Sharook, has developed the lightest and smallest ever satellite in the history of space. It weighs around 64 grams which is even less than the weight of a modern smartphone. The name of the satellite is “KalamSat”, named after the late nuclear scientist and former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Sharook is a 12th-grade student and hails from Tamil Nadu’s Pallapatti town. He has developed this satellite under the contest ‘Cubes in Space’ which was organized by US space agency NASA and Idoodlelearning Inc. NASA will launch this tiny satellite on June 21 from Wallops Island in the US. This program is almost gearing up to break all the space records.
The ‘Cubes in Space’ program was to create a satellite model which could be accommodated in a 4-meter cube. Also, the weight had to be exactly 64 grams. The goal of this project was to introduce the younger generation with advanced space technologies. The program gave them a chance to explore the new space-related technologies.
The KalamSat satellite is made of fiber polymer, which makes it the lightest satellite. As per Sharook, this satellite would be a sub-orbital flight with 240 minutes mission time span. As per the reports, it will operate in the micro-gravity atmosphere of the space for 12 minutes.
The young boy says that the major role of this smallest satellite is to test the performance of 3D-printed carbon fiber. He added that we have researched on various cube satellites around the world and found this to be the lightest.
While briefing about this project the boy said that we had developed this entirely from scratch. It is a kind of onboard computer which includes 8 indigenously developed built-in sensors. These will measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth.
He further added that the major challenge was to design satellite which would fit into the 4-meter cube. The Space Kidz India has funded this project. He possesses a great interest in space and is also a subscriber of NASA Kids’ Club.
This will really set an example in front of the world on June 21. It would act as the technology demonstrator and would become a part of economical space missions in future. We wish a great success for the launch of this satellite and wish him best of luck in his future endeavors.