Indian teen Rifath builds World's lightest satellite


The world's smallest and lightest satellite will be operational in micro-gravity environment of space for about 12 minutes.

The Cubes in Space contest, in which Sharook's lightweight satellite emerged as the victor in the Space Kidz India program, inspires students to design an experiment that could be sent to space.

Entrants had to design a cube satellite with faces just four centimeters across. He said that it has a "new kind of on-board computer" and eight built-in sensors that can help measure acceleration, rotation and even the magnetosphere of the Earth. KalamSat will be used to exhibit how 3D-printed carbon fiber performs in these conditions. Rifath told local media his invention will go on a four-hour mission for a sub-orbital flight. The flight isn't so much about gathering data but rather checking that everything works as expected. Stamping the name of India in golden letters, an 18 years old teen - Rifath Sharook, from Tamilnadu, is all set to be a part of NASA's historic launch on June 21st. The satellite cost around 100,000 rupees to make, equivalent to a little over $US1,500.

The challenge encouraged students to invent a device that could fit into a 13-foot cube and weigh no more than 64 grams.

The 18-year-old teen says its main objective was to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fiber.

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Shaarook nicknamed his design KalamSat, after Abdul Kalam, India's former president and famed rocket scientist.

Shaarook was quoted by BBC as saying: "We designed it completely from scratch". Rifath participated in this competition where his satellite was selected fulfilling all the requisites of the competition.

Shaarook is now working as lead scientist at Space Kidz India, an organisation that encourages science and education for local children and teenagers.

Rifath Shahrook, an 18-year old student from Tamil Nadu, has developed the world's smallest and lightest satellite, named KalamSat.