In Sriharikota, India, an ultra-lightweight satellite has been launched. The intricate piece of technology was designed by Rifath Sharukh, an 18-year-old Tamil Muslim boy. The satellite, which can be held in the palm of your hand, quickly gained a reputation in the country due to its small but intelligent design technology. The four-inch cube satellite is named Kalamsat V2, and weighs just 1.2 kilograms, as stated by students from the private Space Kidz India group who designed the unit.
The launch was another great success for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who topped in Asia’s race to Mars in 2014, when their space crafts reached the Red Planet on a shoestring budget. Srimathy Kesan, the CEO and the founder of Space Kidz India said: ‘The Kalamsat V2 was built at a total cost of 1.2 million rupees’.
The satellite will serve as a communication for ham radio transmissions used by beginners for non-commercial activities. A similar, but smaller satellite weighing 64 grams was designed by the same group back in 2017. This was launched in the US abroad in the NASA rocket, but it could not reach orbit. However, the recent launch on the 24th of January 2019 was 740 kilograms Microsat-R, which can send high-resolution pictures of the planet for defence tactics. India has also built a reputation worldwide as a trustworthy country and low-cost option for space exploration.