NASA to launch 18-year-old Indian teen’s world smallest satellite on June 21
Of late, India has seen a lot of child prodigies emerging from its country. Be it Akrit Jaswal, the boy who performed his first surgery at the age of 7 or Kishan Shrikanth, recognized as the youngest director in the world by Guinness Book of World Records or Kautilya Pandit, an 8-year-old wonderkid with extraordinary memory, named as India’s “Google boy”.
This time around it is an 18-year-old boy, Rifath Sharook from Pallapatti town in Tamilnadu, India who has designed ‘KalamSat’, which is claimed to be the lightest and smallest satellite in the world for NASA.
Weighing just 64 grams, ‘KalamSat’, which is named after India’s nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, will be launched by on an SR-4 rocket from Wallops Space Flight facility at Virginia, U.S. on June 21. This is the first time ever that NASA would be conducting an Indian student’s experiment for its sub-orbital space flight.