Everyone knows about the KalamSat now. That it was launched by NASA and is the lightest satellite (weighing at just 64 grams) ever launched. The face of the mission was Rifath Sharook, an 18 year old from Tamil Nadu, who led a team of 7 belonging to different ;parts of India.
However, this is not the first time the boy and his mentor has been in the news.
In 2015, he had launched a Helium Weather Balloon successfully after winning a similar competition that was held in India, under the guidance of Dr Srimathy Kesan, the Founder and CEO of Space Kidz India.
Back then, in 2015, when he was asked about his inspiration, he said, he loved exploring things since his childhood days. When he was five years old India launched a rocket. At that time his father worked in ISRO. But the rocket had burst.
“I was playing with a paper rocket. My father asked me to not play with a paper rocket, instead make a real one. That inspired me, so from then on I had a desire to launch something near the space,” he said
Back to the present achievement, under the supervision of Dr Srimathy Kesan, and led by Shaarook, the other members of the team are Tanishq Dwivedi (flight engineer), Vinay S Bhardwaj (design engineer), Yagna Sai (lead technician), Mohammed Abdul Kashif (lead engineer) and Gobinath (biologist)
Quote by Sharook:
“It’s a 3-D printed satellite. It is for the first time that 3-D printing technology is being used in space. We have made history. The world’s smallest satellite has been launched in space. It was not possible without my team,” Sharook told ANI.
Sharook’s project was sponsored by ‘Space Kidz India’, and points to his keen interest in space. He has also subscribed to the NASA kid’s club.
If talent was the only thing necessary to be successful, there would be more people in the Most Successful People list. Hard work and perseverance is something Dr. Kalam always vouched for.
Dr. Kalam quoted John F Kennedy once,
All of us do not have equal talent. But all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents