Young Scientist Scores 75% in +2, Designs Satellite for NASA

By Malavikka

At a time when the SSLC and HSSC exam marks are considered the deciding factor for one's future career, here is a young scientist, who at 18 has designed the World's smallest satellite. Rifath Sharook, who has recently graduated school from Karur, Tamilnadu with a humble mark of 75 per cent has set as an example for aspirants to do great things.


Being a part of Space Kidz India, a Science Research Centre, Rifath has made India proud with a team of six by giving life to what most of us count a dream. "It is not SPACE but just space, a perspective that something is possible and easy matters," says Rifath.

Young Scientist Scores 75%, Designs NASA Satellite

World's smallest satellite

Named after former President Abdul Kalam, Kalamsat is a technology demonstrator satellite that is more like a test satellite to experiment the technology induced using a re-inforced carbon fibre polymer with added complex fibres built using 3D printing. How it performs in space will be the achievement and ecstasy for us to see when NASA launches it in June.

Speaking to Careerindia about his feat, Rifath puts in place the dos and donts of the traits of a scientist. "It is a treachery that one does for science when they mug up definitions rather than understanding it. Scientists and entrepreneurs must not follow such a system of learning," he says.

How did he get to design a satellite for NASA?

NASA has a regular newsletter called NASA Educator Express mail. They announce contests and space related news on that. Having subscribed to that, Rifath got to know about a contest to design the satellite and got the opportunity, thus won.

Does the academic pressure not set in for class 12? How did he manage both that and extracurriculars?

"I am actually repeating my class 12 for the second time due to health issues. I joined back school only during half yearly and had directly given only my model exam. I live in a joint family and none of my family members have pressurised me to score or even study at all. My achievement is due to passion and never pressure," he says.

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What about time management?

When you are so passionate about something, you need not allocate a separate time for it, it would spontaneously help you in managing time, there is nothing as powerful as that passion, he reveals.

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Road to success

"Even those who have scored centum in Physics have not been able to explain simple concepts. It is not the marks that test the real knowledge. It is the practical applications that matters. Interest in something must be cultivated by real applications and parents must let children follow their dreams without judging them even before giving them an opportunity to prove their expertise," he concludes.

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