Chennai, June 24: Remember an 18 year old boy, Rifath Sharook, belonging to Chennai who designed the world’s smallest satellite? Tamil Nadu Assembly complimented team of these young scientists after NASA launched their satellite which was world’s smallest satellite.
It also contains a “Nano Geiger Muller counter”, which will measure the radiation in outer space. Handloom Minister OS Manian said the team had developed the satellite around Rs 1 Lakh and promised to extend financial assistance to him.
The lead scientist, Rifath said it is 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'.
The world's smallest satellite and a firstly manufactured via 3D printing, 'Kalam Sat' was 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. The satellite weighs just 64 gm and was a payload of a NASA sounding rocket that blasted off from the US space agency’s Wallop Island on Friday. According to a release from the team, headed by Rifaath Sharook, KalamSat is a 3.8 cm Cube Satellite (Femto category), “weighing 64 grams.”
State Assembly was all praise for Sharook, the lead scientist hailing from Karur in Tamil Nadu, and his team. The satellite’s structure was “fully 3D printed” with reinforced carbon fiber polymer, the release from the team, calling themselves Space Kidz India, said. “This apart, we have worked on a CubeSat that is going to be launched from the United States in a reusuable rocket,” it added.