NASA Launches World’s Smallest & First 3D Printed Satellite

Image Courtesy: Rifath Shaarook / Facebook

The lightest and first 3D printed satellite was launched by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) on Thursday. A team from Tamilnadu, India, had worked on the building of this 3D satellite which is 3.8 cm cube (Femto category) and weighs only 64 grams. It’s also the world’s lightest satellite.

Chennai Students who built the world’s smallest satellite

The satellite was sponsored by Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder and chief executive officer of Space Kids India. The satellite was designed by an 18-year old Indian Tamilnadu student Rifath Sharook and his team.

“It’s the smallest 3D printed satellite. It is for the first time that 3D printing technology is being used in space. We have made history. The world’s smallest satellite has been launched into space. It was not possible without my team” he said.

Reports stated that Dr. Srimathy Kesan said “Space is not unreachable… Space has got no boundaries and therefore, let’s all do research together and let’s conquer Mars soon,”

The satellite is named ‘Kalamsat‘ after the great scientist and former President of India, Late A.P.J Abdul Kalam. The satellite is equipped with nano Geiger Muller counter for measuring radiation in space and it’s built with carbon fiber polymer.

The satellite operated for 12 minutes in the micro-gravity environment. The goal of the satellite was to demonstrate the performance of the 3D printed carbon fiber.

There has been a lot of innovation in the field of science by the Indian mass from time immemorial and this one is another achievement which will be regarded as one of the best inventions that will make the country even more proud. The young talents have to be just boosted up so that they keep their ‘fire of innovation’ burning within them.

Again, the in the current scenario, apart from the children having fun outside, there are others who are very immensely involved within these kinds of improvements in life which makes the country believe to have a bright future.

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Written by Meenakshi Vanidasan

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