NASA launched the world’s smallest satellite, built by 18-year old Indian Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team.
Named as Kalamsat, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the tiny satellite weighs around 64 grams.
KalamSAT also coveted in the pages of Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records holding the record title of World’s lightest and smallest satellite.
The satellite was flown into the space in a NASA sounding rocket from a NASA facility in Wallops Island.
The satellite separated from the rocket 125 minutes after it took off. Kalamsat fell into the sea. It will be recovered and NASA will be sending it back to the team for decoding the data.
It’s a 3D printed satellite. It is for the first time that 3D printing technology is being used in space.
The 3.8 cm cube structured-satellite can fit in one’s palm and is fully 3-D printed. Equipped with nano Geiger Muller counter for measuring the radiation in space, the satellite is built with reinforced carbon fiber polymer.
The project was carried out under the supervision of Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder and CEO of Space Kids India.