The satellite, which weighs 64 grams, will go for a 4-hour sub-orbital mission from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on June 21.
An Indian teenager has reportedly built the lightest satellite in an international competition and NASA has agreed to launch it next month.
The tiny satellite which weighs nearly 64 grams, will go for a 4-hour sub-orbital mission from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on June 21. The main objective of the mission is to test the durability of its 3D-printed casing.
“We designed it completely from scratch,” said 18-year-old Rifath Shaarook to Business Standard.
“It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight … built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation, and the magnetosphere of Earth.”
Shaarook entered the Cubes in Space competition with his invention. The competition is run by idoodlelearning, an education company and supported by NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium.
The competition was to build a space-worthy device which would fit into a 4-metre cube and weigh no more than grams. The satellite, built by Shaarook, was named KalamSat, after former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam.
The lightness of the satellite is said to be because it is made of reinforced carbon fiber polymer frame.