NASA to launch Femto-satellite designed by Tamil Nadu engineering student

A student from Sastra University in Tamil Nadu got selected for launching his designed Femto-satellite by NASA under the Cube In Space programme on Sunday.

Femto-satellites weigh less than 100g and are low-cost devices if they are based on components commercially available. However, Riyasdeen Samsudeen, a second-year mechatronics engineering student, designed Vision sat V1 & V2, each having a payload of 33g, making it the world’s lightest Femto-satellite. The edges of V1 measure 37mm and of V2 30mm. The cubes have 11 sensors and are built using polyetherimide thermoplastic resin and 3D printing technology.


V1 will be part of the SR-7 NASA rocket mission expected to be launched from Wallops Flight Facility Virginia, USA, in June while V2 will be part of NASA Balloon Mission RB-6 scheduled for August launch.

The university Vice-chancellor S Vaidhyasubramaniam while congratulating on the success of Riyasdeen said, “The Sastra-TBI in 3D Printing and IoT will offer an incubation grant of Rs 5 lakh to Riyasdeen to further pursue his ambition of establishing a successful start-up.”

Various political leaders also congratulated the aspiring engineer on his success. DMK leader M K Stalin and AMMK leader T T V Dhinakaran tweeted encouraging him to achieve more.