NASA has introduced a new satellite which has been the world’s first smallest satellite named “KalamSat” on 21 june2017. The satellite has developed by an18 year old teen Rithaf sharook from Pallapatti town in Tamilnadu. It would be first time that a student piloting the satellite. The weight of the satellite KalamSat is 64grammes only.
Sharook’s first project is the KalamSat satellite and the main aim of the project is to take the performance of new technology in space. The name of the satellite has been derived from the former President ,India’s nuclear scientist APJ Abdul Kalam’s name. He has developed this satellite based on some procedures. Initially he has developed through a 3D printing, and from that he got selected for the competition, ”cubes in space” sponsored by NASA.
About the satellite: Sharook said that the satellite would be a sub-orbital flight and the mission time span is about 240 minutes after launched. The small satellite KalamSat would operates in micro gravity environment about 12 minutes in space. The satellite’s main aim is to show the demonstration of “3D printed carbon fibre”. Also,he has shared some of his experiences during the mission.
The development of KalamSat has been designed completely from scratch. In order to measure the acceleration,rotation,magnetosphere of the earth they have a new type of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in-sensors. Designed an experiment that would fit into four meter cube with weight 64grammes has flown to space was his challenge. This satellite development experiment was funded by an organization known as “Space Kidz India”. Also Sharook said that he had a great interest in space.