New Delhi: The world's lightest and smallest satellite, KalamSat, named after the former India President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, will be launched into space by NASA next month.
Weighing just 0.1kg, the satellite has been built by an Indian teen Rifath Sharook, 12th-grade student from Tamil Nadu’s Pallapatti town.
As per reports, 18-year-old Sharook developed the satellite as part of a contest Cubes in Space, organised by US space agency, NASA and idoodlelearning Inc, a global education company.
The satellite, made of reinforced carbon fibre polyme and which is lighter than a smartphone, will be launched into space from a NASA facility in Wallops Island on June 21.
In its 12-minute flight, the satellite will act as a technology demonstrator and provide impetus to plan economical space missions in future.
“The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3D-printed carbon fibre”, Sharook was quoted as saying by the Times of India.