Sharook's project made it through the competition 'Cubes in Space', which was a collaboration between NASA and 'I Doodle Learning'. The project is the first to be manufactured through 3D printing, and aims to redefine the performance of new technology in space, reports the Business Standard.
The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3D-printed carbon fibre. We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation, and the magnetosphere of the earth. The main challenge was to design an experiment to be flown to space that would fit into a four-metre cube weighing 64 grammes.
We did a lot of research on different cube satellites all over the world, and found that ours was the lightest. We obtained some of the components from abroad, and some are indigenous. The satellite is made mainly of reinforced carbon fibre polymer.