NASA to launch world’s lightest satellite built by Chennai student on June 21

An Indian boy from Class 12 has developed what scientists call the lightest satellite in the world.

18-year-old Rifath Sharoo from Chennai, built the satellite as part of a contest Cubes in Space, organised by US space agency, NASA and idoodlelearning Inc, a global education company.. The satellite, named Kalam SAT – after former India President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam – weighs 0.1 kg, and is lighter than a smart phone.

It has also been reported that NASA will be launching this satellite into space on June 21.

Sharook said the satellite, which is made of reinforced carbon fibre polymer, will act as a technology demonstrator in its 12-minute flight and provide impetus to plan economical space missions in future.

Sharook isn’t new to innovation. In 2015, he launched a 1,200g helium weather balloon from a ground in Kelambakkam.

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