Indian Muslim teenager creates world’s lightest satellite

An Indian teenager has built the world’s lightest satellite which will now be put into orbit by NASA.

The satellite which was designed by 18-year-old Rifath Shaarook, weighs only 64 grams and was 3D printed using carbon fibre. The device will now go on a four-hour mission for a sub-orbital flight during which it will operate for around 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space.

“We designed it completely from scratch,” says Shaarook. “It 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.”

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