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NASA’s “Cubes in space” project has a winner

Rifath Shaarook from Tamil Nadu’s Pallapatti town, India, 18-year-old, built the world’s lightest satellite, a 4-centimeter (1½-inch), 3D-printed cube that weighs 2¼ ounces, which has a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the Earth.

This project, named  by its author “KalamSat” after India's nuclear scientist and former President, APJ Abdul Kalamwas, one of the 80 experiments selected through “Cubes in Space,” a student competition organized by NASA and the education company I Doodle Learning, contest which received more than 86,000 submissions from 57 countries. NASA even will send the tiny box on a four-hour, suborbital spaceflight June 22. It will only operate for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment. It’s main purpose is to “demonstrate the performance of 3D-printed carbon” and see if the material can withstand the launch. Shaarook also invented a helium weather balloon when he was 15, is the lead scientist at Space Kids India. Shaarook is  also a subscriber of the  NASA Kid’s Club. NASA uses scientific balloons to launch the Cubes in spaces projects.

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