A teenager from India named Rifath Sharook has used his 3D printing skills to create the world’s lightest satellite. The 3D printed satellite was an entry in the Cubes in Space competition held by NASA. Naturally, the 64 gram device won first place and will be launched on a sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island facility in June.
The device, which is named Kalam Sat, was crafted out of 3D printed carbon fiber. He hopes that the satellite’s journey in space will demonstrate the strength and durability of carbon fiber. He made sure to design the satellite to have an on-board computer as well as eight different sensors to measure rotation, acceleration, and magnetosphere.
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