Chennai: In good news from Chennai, four students have been selected by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a satellite launch. The extraordinary boys got this opportunity as they successfully built a satellite that weighs lesser than almonds. After this remarkable feat, the boys were selected by the world’s most prestigious space institute to test their creation. The venture was flagship programme of four students hailing from the Hindustan Institute of Technology and Sciences in Chennai.
A first-year student Harikrishnan led the entire project. As per a report in The News Minute, the first-year student said, “We’ve always wanted to make a rocket. But it is heavy and expensive. The negative parameters were high. That’s when I got to know about the Cubes in Space competition and we started working on building a satellite.
They said it needs to have 10 parameters. But we thought we could take that up to 20.”
The satellite made by the students weighs 33.39 grams. This fanciful fact about their creation makes it world’s lightest satellite ever built. The satellite works mainly for three things according to Harikrishnan. Firstly, the machine can study weather, temperature, pressure, humidity and understands the variations according to altitude. Secondly, since the satellite is being sent via a balloon, it observes the trajectory of the balloon as well.
Lastly, since the outer part of the satellite is made up of 3d printed PLA Nylon thus it can observe if space changes its formation in micro gravity.
The four students from Chennai applied last year in the competition, Colorado Space Grant Consortium, conducted by NASA and idoodle. The four students are Harikrishnan, Amarnath, Giri Prasad and Sudhi. The weight and working of the satellite were authenticated by IIT Madras.