From inventions like zero to the lightest satellite, Indians will remain to be prominent when it comes to intelligence. And, why would that not be true when people like the late president, APJ Abdul Kalam, continued to make India proud in the field of Research and Science.
Similarly, we never skip on recognizing the raw talent which the students of the country have and as it turns out, neither does NASA. This 18-year-old chap from Pallapatti yet again will compel you to believe the former. Pallapatti, a town in Tamil Nadu which you did not read about ever before. The prodigy from South, Rifath Sharook, 18 who still is in his teenage recently participated in a competition organized by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); an independent aeronautics agency of United States. Nothing new, right? A lot many students appear in similar competitions but Rifath here happened to achieve lots of accomplishment through the same, and you'll be proud of him as an Indian after you read what he did!
The teenager took part in a competition called 'Cubes in Space' which was organized by NASA and an organization named 'I Doodle Learning' was associated along with them. And, the not-so-obvious happened when Rifath who won that competition by designing a satellite and now it will be launched pretty soon by NASA itself.
He designed the lightest (weighing 64 grams) and smallest satellite in the world. It was made using 3-D printed carbon fibre and it also happened to be the first satellite made from that substance.
The 18-year-old said that the challenge was to fit the satellite in a 4-meter cube and several cube satellites were considered from all over the world, but his creation came out to be the lightest.
Since Rifath's satellite is the first of a kind made from 3D printed carbon fibre; the main objective behind its making was to test how the substance will function in space. He also told ET that some parts of the satellite were outsourced from abroad and some are indigenous.
The smallest satellite will also be the first to be launched by NASA, which is an experimental creation by the Indian. It will be travelling into space in a sounding rocket on June 21 from Wallops Island, NASA facility.
It will be set on a sub-orbital flight after it is launched and tested in a microgravity environment for 12 minutes. The entire mission will comprise of 240 minutes right from its launch.
The satellite manufactured from 3D printing has been named 'Kalam SAT', after the former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam.