NASA launches world’s small satellite designed by 18-year-old Tamilnadu student
Smallest 3D-printed satellite
India once again broke a global space record by launching the world’s lightest satellite weighing a mere 64 grams, it’s called Kalamsat,
designed and developed not by professional space scientists and engineers, but by 18 years old Tamilnadu student Rifath Sharook and his
The tiny satellite, named after Abdul Kalam, was flown by a Nasa sounding rocket and the liftoff was from the space Wallop Island facility
around 3pm (IST). Kalamsat was the only Indian payload in the mission.
A satellite made at home
The total flight time of the rocket was 240 minutes. The satellite, assembled at her T.Nagar residence in Chennai, separated from the
rocket after spending 125 minutes in the space’s micro-gravity environment.
Specs of the smallest satellite
The satellite, weighing a mere 64 grams, can be held in one’s palm is a 3.8cm cube and its structure is fully 3D-printed with reinforced
carbon fiber polymer. It is equipped with a nano Geiger Muller counter which will measure radiation in space.