(Teen Vogue) World’s Smallest Satellite Created for NASA by 18-Year-Old Indian Teen
18-year-old Indian student Rifath Sharook’s invention weighs just over two OUNCES.
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.