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Indian Teen 3D Prints NASA’s Smallest Satellite

Business Standard reports on a remarkable new invention developed by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old from India.  Mr. Sharook, who hails from Pallapatti in Tamil Nadu, has created a 3D printed satellite, which is the world’s smallest.  It will launch into space with the help of NASA on June 21st.

The KalamSat satellite, named after nuclear scientist and former President APJ Abdul Kalam, “weighs only 64 grams.”  “Sharook’s project, the first to be manufactured via 3D printing, got selected through a competition, ‘Cubes in Space,’ sponsored jointly by NASA and ‘I Doodle Learning.’  The project aims to [measure] the performance of new technology in space.”  The KalamSat “was funded by an organization called ‘Space Kidz India.”

Sharook explained the KalamSat will be aboard “a sub-orbital flight and after launch the mission span would be 240 minutes.  The tiny satellite will operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment.”

As Sharook elaborates, “the main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3D printed carbon fiber.  We designed it completely from scratch.  It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation, and the magnetosphere of the earth.  The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown in space which would fit into a four-meter cube weighing 64 grams.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Business Standard          

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