A Teenager Just Built The World’s Lightest Satellite—and NASA’s Launching It

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An Indian teenager has not only produced A 64-gram (0.14-pound) satellite, NASA has agreed to launch it next month. (Science Alert)

So, you want to build a satellite? Watch our video to see what’s involved.

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Discussion Ideas

 

 

  • What makes the Kalam Sat’s casing so intriguing to NASA and the rest of the space community?
    • If it works, that casing will be efficient and affordable to both develop and launch. Shaarook and his team created the satellite and its casing for less than $1,561.

 

TEACHERS TOOLKIT

Science Alert: A Teenager Just Built The World’s Lightest Satellite – And NASA’s Launching It

Quartz: An 18-year-old Indian just may have designed the world’s lightest satellite

Nat Geo: So, You Want to Build a Satellite? video study guide

NASA: What Is a Satellite?

3 responses to “A Teenager Just Built The World’s Lightest Satellite—and NASA’s Launching It

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  2. Welldone Rifath for Kalam Sat (is this name inspired by Dr. Abdul Kalam?). But I wonder what could be the other benefits except innovative casing design since the sat cannot orbit more than 12 minutes before crashing back to earth?

    • Yes! Kalam Sat was named to honor India’s former president and “Missile Man”, A.P.J. Kalam.

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