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Rifath Sharook, an 18-year old student from a small town in Tamil Nadu, India, has invented the lightest satellite in the world. His invention, named KalamSat, will take flight and enter space when it is launched by NASA on June 21 from Wallops Island, a NASA facility in the US.
The satellite is named after the renowned Indian space scientist and former Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam. The flight on June 21 will be sub-orbital and post launch, the mission span is to be for four hours and his satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space.
The main role of the satellite is to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fiber. The satellite ‘KalamSat’ was selected through the “Cubes in Space” competition organized by I Doodle Learning and NASA.
The satellite is a four centimeters cube and weighs 64 grams.
Wow! This is amazing. A satellite that can fit in the palm of your hand.