A team of students from Space Kidz India in Chennai, who built the world’s smallest satellite called ‘KalamSat’, rejoiced after its launch by NASA.
Rifath Sharook and his team built the 64 gram 3D-printed satellite named Kalamsat after former President APJ Abdul Kalam, that NASA flew into space via a sounding rocket from the agency’s facility in Wallop’s Island in the state of Virginia, US.
With the launch of the satellite, India has created a global space record.
Speaking to ANI, Sharook said that the achievement would not have been possible without the support of his team.
“It’s a 3D printed satellite. It is for the first time that 3D printing technology is being used in space. We have made history. The world’s smallest satellite has been launched in space. It was not possible without my team,” he said.
Rifath had earlier participated in a competition jointly organised by NASA and an organisation called ‘I Doodle Learning’ in which students were challenged to come up with a creation that fits into a four-metre cube and weighs exactly 64 grams to be sent into space.
Under the supervision of Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder and CEO of Space Kidz India, a team of seven led by Sharook, built the satellite.
“It’s basically to pave way for a lot of students to think that nothing will stop or interrupt their thought process. Anything small would really begin, but it will take you to space and space is not unreachable. You just need to work a little bit harder. Space has got no boundaries and therefore, let’s all do research together and let’s conquer Mars soon,” Kesan said.
She added that at the end of this year the team will come up with a big mission and they are working on that. “Hopefully, we will be able to tell the world our next record,” Kesan said.