Building satellites isn’t an easy task and building the world’s lightest satellite is altogether a different challenge, but that didn’t stop a team of young scientists from trying and they achieved the results in the form of world’s lightest satellite ‘KalamSat’.
The satellite was built using 3D printing technologies by a team of young scientists led by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old student from Tamil Nadu. The team built the 3.8 cm cube satellite (Femto category) weighing 64 gm. The satellite’s structure is fully 3D printed with reinforced carbon fibre polymer.
The satellite was selected by NASA as part of its launch program and it has already been launched by NASA recently. It was launched by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sounding rocket. The satellite operated for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space and its main role was to demonstrate the performance of 3D printed carbon fibre.
For their achievement, the young team behind “KalamSat” was felicitated by a social group last week. The satellite is named after former President, the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, said a statement by the All India Social Activist & NGOs Association.