24-06-2017 10:00 AM | MIND Correspondent | My Indian Dream
World’s lightest satellite designed by 18-year-old Tamil Nadu student
It is a proud moment for India as it broke the global space record on Thursday to launch a world’s lightest satellite. This satellite which weighs only 64 grams called Kalamsat is a discovery by 18-year-old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook. His team members helped him to design this satellite.
This satellite was flown by a Nasa sounding rocket. The lift-off was from the space agency’s Wallop Island facility around 3 pm (IST). The name Kalamsat is given after Abdul Kalam as Kalam had his training done in sounding rocket programme at Wallops in 60s. This satellite is the only Indian payload in the mission. As per a report published in The Times of India, mission director Srimathy Kesan said that the total flight time of the rocket was 240 minutes and the satellite, assembled at her T.Nagar residence in Chennai, separated from the rocket 125 minutes after lift-off.
"Kalamsat fell into the sea. It will be recovered and Nasa will be sending it back to us for decoding the data,'' she said while pointing out in an emotion-choked voice that the flight was "out of the world and it was a divine intervention."
She further added, "I am calling it divine intervention because the previous Nasa mission from Wallops got postponed because of weather and we were able to launch successfully today."
This unique satellite can fit one’s palm and it measures 3.8cm cube and its structure is fully 3-D printed with reinforced carbon fibre polymer.
"It is the only cube to be converted into a satellite in this mission," Kesan added.
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