Chennai, May 15: Meanwhile scientists are busy studying about sending humans to Mars, an 18 year old boy, Rifath Sharook, belonging to Chennai have designed the world’s smallest satellite. This small satellite will be launched by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on June 21.
Rifath Sharook, a Class 12 student, developed 64-gram satellite while participating in a contest, Cubes in Space, organised by US space agency, NASA and idoodlelearning Inc, a global education company. Rifath Sharook is all set to set an example for the whole world by launching world’s smallest satellite.
Claimed to be the world's smallest satellite and a first to be manufactured via 3D printing, 'Kalam Sat' will be launched on an SR-4 rocket from Wallops Space Flight facility at Virginia, USA. The satellite is named after India's nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalam.
Sharook said the satellite, which is made of reinforced carbon fibre polymer, will act as a technology demonstrator in its 12-minute flight and provide impetus to plan economical space missions in future. The satellite falls in the category of 'femto' group as it weighs less than 0.1 kg.
Rifath said it will be a sub-orbital flight and post-launch, the mission span will be 240 minutes and the tiny satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space. "The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre," he explained. He said the satellite was selected through a competition called 'Cubes in Space', jointly organized by NASA and a organization called 'I Doodle Learning'.