Rifath Sharook: A Teen Reached for the Stars

Rifath Sharook, a young boy from Pallapatti town in Tamil Nadu. He added one more proud movement in Indian history.

World’s Lightest Satellite Weighing Merely 64 gms Designed By An Indian Teen!! “Kalamsat” | To Be Launched By NASA
Rifath Sharook

Recently, a small satellite was launched by NASA named as Kalam SAT. Kalam SAT is a Femto Satellite and widely claimed to be the world’s lightest satellite, named after former Indian president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam built by an Indian High school student team, lead by 18-year-old Rifath Sharook, hailing from the Tamil Nadu for participation in the Cubes in Space, STEM-based education program by Idoodle Learning.Inc and NASA. 

It’s objective to teach school students (ages 11-18) how to design and compete to launch an experiment into space with a free opportunity to design experiments to be launched into space on a NASA rocket or balloon if their project is selected. Kalam SAT was launched by NASA along with several other experiments from other participants on Terrier-Improved Orion Rocket on 22 June 2017 from Wallops Island. (Source: WIKIPEDIA)

This teen verbatim reached for the stars, and it looks like he made it.

An 18-year-old from India built the world’s lightest satellite — and NASA’s going to send it into space.

Rifath Shaarook created a 4-centimeter (1½-inch), a 3D-printed cube that weighs 2¼ ounces, making it lighter than an iPhone. His experiment was funded by an organization called ‘Space Kidz India’, said Sharook, adding he had a great interest in space and he was also a subscriber of the Nasa Kid’s Club.

Speaking about his experience, Sharook added: “We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of onboard computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth. The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown to space which would fit into a four-metre cube weighing 64 grams”.

“We built it completely from scratch,” he told India’s, Business Standard. “It will have a new kind of onboard computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure rotation, acceleration and the magnetosphere of the Earth.”

Shaarook, who also invented a helium weather balloon when he was 15, is the lead scientist at Space Kids India. The Chennai-based organization, which sponsored his submission, promotes science education for Indian children and teens.

Skilled Guru congratulates this young scientist for his achievements and waiting for these type of leaders who will help in the development of the country.

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