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Tamil Nadu engineering student designs world’s lightest satellite




A second-year student of Mechatronics engineering from Sastra University won the Cubes in Space global design competition.

S Riyasdeen’s 37 mm sized FEMTO satellites VISION SAT v1 and v2 with a payload of 30 mm weighing 33 gms made it to the world’s lightest FEMTO satellite.

He used polyetherimide thermoplastic resins and 3D printing technology. Therefore competition conducted by NASA saw 1000 participants from 73 countries.

Mentored by INRO Labs, Chennai, his satellites designed to record around 17 parameters with 11 sensors. VISION Sat v1 a part of the SR-7 NASA Rocket Mission expected to launch from the Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, USA in June 2021. Similarly Sat v2 shall be part of the NASA Balloon Mission RB-6 scheduled for launch in August 2021.

The SASTRA-TBI in 3D Printing and Internet of Things (IoT) offer an incubation grant of Rs.5 Lakhs to Riyasdeen. This to further pursue his ambition of establishing a successful start-up. Stated SASTRA Vice-Chancellor S Vaidhyasubramaniam.

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