India once again created history by launching the world's lightest satellite weighing 64 grams, Kalamsat, named after former President Abdul Kalam. It was designed and developed not by professional space scientists and engineers, but by 18-year-old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team.
This satellite can be held in one's palm, is a 3.8cm cube and its structure is fully 3-D printed with reinforced carbon fiber polymer. It is equipped with a nano Geiger Muller counter which will measure radiation in space. According to news agency ANI, the satellite was flown into the space in a NASA sounding rocket from a NASA facility in Wallops Island. This is the first time that an Indian student's experiment has been carried out by NASA.
Speaking to ANI, Sharook said that the achievement would not have been possible without the support of his team. As per ANI, the satellite was launched on a sounding rocket from a NASA facility in Wallops Island. With this launch, India has created a record.