June 2017 - NASA launches world’s smallest satellite - created by 18-year-old

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NASA launches world's smallest satellite on June 2017 - created by 18-year-old Indian student Rifath Sharook ( Tamil Nadu Karur )


NASA launched the world's smallest and lightest satellite on Thursday. The satellite weighs 64 grams, lighter than a smartphone. It is also the first satellite to be constructed using 3D printer. The device was created by 18-year-old Indian student Rifath Sharook, whose idea was chosen from 86,000 designs submitted from 57 countries, in a contest held in May by NASA and a global education company.

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World's Smallest Satellite Created For NASA By 18-Year-Old Indian Teen

Although the space shuttle program may have been temporarily halted in the United States, NASA is still alive and well — and now, thanks to 18-year-old Rifath Sharook of India, are launching their smallest-ever satellite into space. The satellite is called 'KalamSat,' named after Indian nuclear scientist, pioneer in the aeronautics field, and former president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, and is the first-ever to be manufactured by 3-D printing, a tech trend we don't see disappearing (or even going away a bit) anytime soon. NASA is planning on launching it off of Wallops Island, Virginia, on June 21, according to the Business Standard.

Rifath's satellite beat out of a slew of other inventions at a competition jointly sponsored by NASA and 'I Doodle Learning' called 'Cubes in Space,' in an effort to bring new technologies and devices to space and solve current quandries as well as new ones. "The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre. We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world and found ours was the lightest," he told the Times of India. Despite being from a small town in Tamil Nadu called Pallapatti, Rifath does have bigger than big-city dreams for the 240 minute-long mission and his aeronautics career — and has proved his scientific prowess in the past, too.

When he was just 15, he invented a two-and-a-half pound helium weather balloon from a ground in Kelambakkam, as a part of the Young Scientist India-2015 competition held by Space Kidz India. (Plus, in the past, NASA's also had assistance from other teens, like the 17-year-old Brit who noticed an error in the International Space Station data.)

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Source : https://www.diversityinsteam.com/2017/05/worlds-smallest-satellite-created-18-year-old-indian-teen/


Kalam SAT was a experimental payload. It is named after former Indian president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and was built by an Indian High school student team. The high school team participated in Cubes in Space, a STEM-based education program by Idoodle Learning.Inc and NASA. As selected student competitors, the team won an opportunity to design experiments to be launched into space on a NASA rocket. Kalam SAT was launched on suborbital trajectory by NASA along with several other experiments on Terrier Orion sounding rocket on 22 June 2017 from Wallops Island flight facility in Virginia.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

The weight of the probe is 64 grams and it is fitted in a 3.8 centimeters cube. The probe is composed of 3-D printed reinforced carbon fiber polymer. The probe was launched by a sub-orbital spaceflight. The expected time span of the mission (post flight) is 240 minutes. The tiny probe will be operated only for less than 12 minutes to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fiber in a micro-gravity environment of space.

The probe was built by seven Students from Space Kidz India, a Research Organization based in Chennai, as a part of a 'Cubes in Space' competition. This contest was jointly organized by NASA and 'I Doodle Learning', which is a global education company. This was the first time that a space probe made by an Indian student, was launched by NASA.[citation needed]

Kalam SAT
Country of origin   India
Operator   NASA
Design life   240 minutes
Length   3.8 centimeters
Launched   22 June 2017
Related spacecraft
Flown with   Terrier Orion sounding rocket

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Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalam_SAT


Meet the Indian teen who has developed world's smallest satellite for Nasa in June 2017

When the US' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) launches the world's smallest satellite KalamSat on June 21, it will be the first time ever that it would be piloting an experiment by an Indian student. Developed by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old boy, from Tamil Nadu's Pallapatti town, KalamSat weighs only 64 grammes.

'KalamSat', named after India's nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, will be launched from a Nasa facility in Wallops Island. 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 take the performance of new technology to space.

Key features of the miniature satellite

Sharook said it would be a sub-orbital flight and after launch the mission span would be 240 minutes. The tiny satellite would operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space. "The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3D-printed carbon fibre", the Times of India quoted Sharook as saying.

Speaking about his experience, Sharook added: "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 to space which would fit into a four-metre cube weighing 64 grammes".

His experiment was funded by an organisation called 'Space Kidz India', said Sharook, adding he had a great interest in space and he was also a subscriber of the Nasa Kid's Club.

First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 12:15 IST

Source : https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/meet-the-indian-teen-who-has-developed-world-s-smallest-satellite-for-nasa-117051500338_1.html


Indian Teen From Tamil Nadu Creates World's Lightest Satellite For NASA by May 2017


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18 year old boy from Karur district in Tamil Nadu has created the world's lightest satellite for NASA using a 3D printer . He has named the satellite as 'kalamsat' after late President, Abdul Kalam.

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