NASA to launch world’s lightest satellite designed by an Indian Teenager
NASA has made plans to launch the world’s lightest satellite in June. The satellite which weighed 0.14 Ib (64 grams) was designed by 18 years old RifathShaarook during an international youth contest. The satellite which was dubbed Kalamsat made him the winner of the competition.
NASA will send the satellite to space for a four-hour tour with their rocket. The objective is to experiment the satellite’s durability under micro-gravity conditions. The test will be carried out in 12 minutes.
In an interview with Business Standard, the Indian teen said the satellite was designed from scratch, and it has a new on-board computer and eight in-built sensors which will measure its rotation, acceleration, and magnetosphere of the Earth. Kalamsat’s structure was built with reinforced carbon fiber polymer frame used in aerospace engineering.
Shaarook who is a 12th-grade student from Pallapatti town in Tamilnadu, India entered a contest – “cubes in space” sponsored by idoodlearning in collaboration with NASA.
The objective of the competition was to design a device that would fit into a four-meter cube box and with a weight of 64grams and one that is space supported. Shaarook’s design topped other designs in the contest. Kalamsat was named after the India former President and nuclear scientist A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
NASA believes that ideas can come from anyone regardless of their age and nationality and that is why it always seeks for ideas outside its work environment.
Two months ago, NASA’s data record was modified by a UK teenager. The 17-years-old Miles Solomanwas studying the data collected by radiation detectors and he detected an inaccuracy in the energy levels reported during the six months stay of astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station (ISS).
Just last week, another 17 years old, Anna Sophia Boguraev invented a device known as miniPCR which will soon be launched by NASA. The device will be used to experiment space faring micro-organisms.
We believe that these great youngsters have extraordinary talents that will enhance technological development. While waiting for more success story, we wish RifathShaarook a successful launch in June.