KalamSat - World’S Smallest Satellite Built by Indian Teen to Be Launched by NASA (Download PDF)


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An 18-year-old boy in India’s southern city of Chennai has developed a satellite lighter than smartphone, which National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will launch on June 21.

Image of the World's smallest satellite

Image of the World’s Smallest Satellite

Image of the World’s smallest satellite


  • KalamSat, named after the former India President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
  • The world’s lightest and smallest satellite, KalamSat
  • The satellite has been built by an Indian teen Rifath Sharook
  • He 12th-grade student from Tamil Nadu’s Pallapatti town
  • Sharook developed the satellite as part of a contest Cubes in Space
  • The satellite, made of reinforced carbon fibre polymer and which is lighter than a smartphone
  • The project aims to take the performance of new technology to space.
  • History is set to be created as an Indian student’s experiment will be carried out by NASA for the first time.

Key Feature of Small Satellite:

  • It would be a sub-orbital flight and after launch the mission span would be 240 minutes
  • The tiny satellite would operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space
  • The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3D-printed carbon fibre
  • We designed it completely from scratch
  • It will have a new kind of on-board 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 grammes
  • His experiment was funded by an Organisation called ‘Space Kidz India’
  • Reinforced carbon fibre polymer is mainly used to create the satellite

- Published/Last Modified on: May 22, 2017


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