Rifath Sharook crafted the satellite as an element of a contest organised by the US space agency. The satellite, named Kalam SAT – after former India President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam – weighs 0.1 kg, and it is much lighter than a smartphone.

18-year-old Rifath Sharook from Chennai, made the satellite as part of a contest Cubes in Space, organised by US space agency, NASA and idoodlelearning Inc, a global education company. The satellite, named Kalam SAT – after former India President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam – weighs 0.1 kg, and is lighter than a good phone.

It has additionally been reported that NASA is supposed to be releasing this satellite into space on June 21.

Sharook said the satellite, that is manufactured from strengthened carbon fibre polymer, will behave as a technology demonstrator in its 12-minute flight and supply push to plan economical space missions in future.

Sharook is not a newcomer to an invention. In 2015, he launched a 1,200g helium weather balloon from a ground in Kelambakkam.

With the input of Reuters.