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NASA launches ‘KalamSat’, Smallest 64 gms weighing Satellite Built by Indian boy Rifath Sharook

History has been made as the smallest satellite, designed and built by an 18 year old Indian teen, has been launched by NASA

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  • ‘KalamSat’ is the smallest satellite built by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old Indian boy
  • The smallest satellite was launched by NASA on 21 June 2017
  • Rifath Sharook’s invention is also the first time that Indian students’ experiment has been carried out by NASA

June 21, 2017: The smallest satellite in the world, called “KalamSat’, was launched by NASA. The 64 gms weighing satellite was designed and built by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old Indian boy.

Sharook, hailing from Pallapati in Tamil Nadu, and his team of six rejoiced as the record was set on Wednesday. His experiment was selected by NASA after he demonstrated his invention in a competition called ‘Cubes in Space’. An organization called ‘Space Kidz India’ funded the satellite. Rafith has been a member of the organization since class 8th.

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To create the satellite, Rafith and team used carbon fiber polymer. KalamSat was able to operate for 12 minutes in microgravity. According to the inventor, the purpose of the satellite is to “demonstrate the performance of 3-D printed carbon fiber.”

Rafith was generous enough to dedicate his record-setting invention after APJ Abdul Kalam, former President, and a remarkable nuclear scientist.

Sharook is a genius scientist. In 2015, he reportedly launched a 1200g helium weather balloon from a ground in Kelmabakkam.

The 64 gram glory has made another record as this is the first time NASA has carried out an experiment by Indian students. Unfortunately, the group could not attend the launch which took place in Wallop’s islands.

Rifath aims to start a private space organization in India.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

 

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NASA Curiosity Rover Gets its Drilling Groove Back on Mars

It lets Curiosity drill using the force of its robotic arm, a little more like the way a human would drill into a wall at home

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NASA Curiosity Rover Gets its Drilling Groove Back on Mars
NASA Curiosity Rover Gets its Drilling Groove Back on Mars. Pixabay

After a mechanical problem took NASA Mars rover Curiosity’s drill offline in December 2016, it has now successfully tested a new drilling method on the Red Planet, making a 50-millimetre deep hole in a target called “Duluth”, NASA has said.

Engineers working with the Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them.

On May 20, that effort produced the first drilled sample on Mars in more than a year, NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.

The new technique, called Feed Extended Drilling, keeps the drill’s bit extended out past two stabiliser posts that were originally used to steady the drill against Martian rocks.

It lets Curiosity drill using the force of its robotic arm, a little more like the way a human would drill into a wall at home.

“The team used tremendous ingenuity to devise a new drilling technique and implement it on another planet,” said Curiosity Deputy Project Manager Steve Lee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Representational image. Pixabay

“Those are two vital inches of innovation from 60 million miles away. We’re thrilled that the result was so successful,” Lee said.

Drilling is a vitally important part of Curiosity’s capabilities to study Mars.

Inside the rover are two laboratories that are able to conduct chemical and mineralogical analyses of rock and soil samples.

The samples are acquired from Gale Crater, which the rover has been exploring since 2012.

“We’ve been developing this new drilling technique for over a year, but our job isn’t done once a sample has been collected on Mars,” said JPL’s Tom Green, a systems engineer who helped develop and test Curiosity’s new drilling method.

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“With each new test, we closely examine the data to look for improvements we can make and then head back to our test bed to iterate on the process.”

There’s also the next step to work on — delivering the rock sample from the drill bit to the two laboratories inside the rover.

As soon as this Friday, the Curiosity team will test a new process for delivering samples into the rover’s laboratories, NASA said. (IANS)