‘We made history’: NASA launches lightest & first 3D-printed satellite, designed by Indian teen.
The ‘KalamSat’ satellite, named after India’s former President APJ Abdul Kalam, also a nuclear scientist, was launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Thursday.
Successful launch of KALAMSAT, World’s lightest and the 1st 3D printed satellite by NASA from NASA, Wallops- Virginia today. Moment of pride pic.twitter.com/6bWLvW2aj5
— Dr.Srimathy Kesan (@KesanSrimathy) 22 June 2017
“Today we made history,” the satellite’s designer, 18-year-old Rifath Shaarook, told ANI news agency.
“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,” Shaarook told Business Standard last month, noting that fellow students helped him build the satellite.
“The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown to space which would fit into a four [centimeter] cube weighing 64 grams,” he said, referring to the competition requirements.
The cube satellite is 3D printed with reinforced carbon fiber polymer and equipped with a nano Geige Muller counter to measure radiation in space.
The satellite separated from the NASA sounding rocket 125 minutes after lift-off, Srimathy Kesan of Space Kidz India, who supervised the project, told the Times of India.