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NASA to launch world's lightest satellite weighing 64-grams developed by Indian teenager
A NASA facility is going to launch in June this year what could be the world's lightest satellite.

The satellite has been developed by an Indian teenager and has been named KalamSat after former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam.

The developer Rifath Shaarook, 18, hails from Tamil Nadu and has developed the 64-gram device. His satellite won the youth design competition titled Cubes in Space organised by education company idoodle. idoodle has the support of NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium for the project.

The challenge was to invent a device that could fit into a 4-metre cube, weigh equal to or less than 64 grams. And at the same time be space-worthy. Sharook's satellite met all the requirements.

Local media quoted Shaarook that his main purpose was to demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fibre.

As per reports, the mini satellite will go on a four-hour mission for a sub-orbital flight. During the flight, it will operate for around 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space.

The teenager also said that the satellite "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."

Sharook is also a member of the Chennai-based group Space Kidz India. This organisation promotes science & technology among young children. Earlier, Sharook had also built a helium weather balloon.

NASA has broken all records in going out of the way to include young scientists in its programs. From accepting that it's data was faulty in accepting new models, NASA has been taking steps to encourage young minds to think about science & technology in a completely unprecedented way.

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