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POSTED AT 02:25 AM 16-05-2017

Indian Teen builds lightest Satellite

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An Indian teenager by the name Rifath Shaarook from chennai has built what is thought could be the world's lightest satellite. This device will be put into orbit at a NASA facility in the US somewher in June.

The 18-year-old says its main purpose was to demonstrate the performance of a 3-D printed carbon fibre model of a Lightweight satellite.This device only weighs 64-grams (0.14 lb) and this device was selected as the winner of a competition called "Cubes In Space", which was co-sponsored by NASA..

Rifath Shaarook's said 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 satellite has been named KalamSat after former Indian president Abdul Kalam, a pioneer for the country's aeronautical science ambitions.