Nasa Launches Kalamsat, Tiniest Satellite Made By Indian Teenager
Chennai: Nasa launched the tiniest satellite called Kalamsat on Thursday. The lightest satellite weighing just 64 grams was designed and developed by 18- year-old Tamil Nadu student Rifat Sharook and his team. With the launch of this satellite, India once again broke a global space record.
The little satellite named after scientist and former president Abdul Kalam, was flown by a Nasa sounding rocket and was launched from the Wallop Island facility around 3 pm (IST). In 1960s Kalam is said to have his training in the sounding rocket programme at Wallops Island. Only Kalamsat was the Indian payload in the mission. See Also: ISRO Launches PSLV With 31 Satellites From Sriharikota
Speaking to a leading English daily from Chennai, the Mission Director Srimathy Kesan said that the satellite was assembled at her T Nagar residence in Chennai. Giving the details of the launch she said that the total flight time of the rocket was 240 minutes. She told that the satellite separated from the rocket 125 minutes after liftoff.
Revealing that Kalamsat fell into the sea, she told that it will be recovered and NASA will be sending it back to them for decoding data. She said that the flight was “out of the world and it was a divine intervention.” See Also: Sirisha Joined RJ Studio Six Months Ago, Her Aunt Reveals
Explaining the reason for happiness, Kesan said, while the previous Nasa Mission from Wallops got postponed because of weather, we were able to launch successfully.
This one-of-its’s-kind satellite, which can be held in one’s palm, is a 3.8cm cube and its structure is fully 3-D printed with reinforced carbon fiber polymer. It is equipped with a nano Geiger Muller counter which will measure radiation in space. Added Kesan: “It is the only cube to be converted into a satellite in this mission,” she added. See Also: Duvvada Jagannadham Review: First Half Best