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.”