US Patent Granted: Relay based system to launch a projectile

Press Release

Innovation Title:
Relay based system to launch a projectile.

Name and Age of Inventors (at the time of innovation):
Mikaeel Faisal Khan (12)
Zaynab Khan (13)
Faraz Rahman (13)
Mohammed Omer Shakoor (11)
Ishaq Nadeem Khan (12)
Shoaib Ali (14)
Bilal Syed Ali Shah (11)

Problem Statement:
Satellite launches are a costly affair. Especially for the rockets to leave the atmosphere as Rockets in a vacuum are usually much more efficient.
Today, it costs $10,000 to put a pound of payload in Earth orbit. NASA’s goal is to reduce the cost of getting to space to hundreds of dollars per pound within 25 years and tens of dollars per pound within 40 years.
Huge rockets spend the majority of their fuel reaching their first 60 miles of height.

About the Innovation:
Young innovators at DiscoverSTEM developed a system to launch a projectile using a relay or series of catch and launch platforms. These series of floating platforms float at a pre-calculated height from each other and the payload is shot at them using an electromagnetic rail gun and caught using a catcher.

The final platform launches it in space where the payload starts its smaller rocket engine to climb up to Earth’s orbit. This invention was sent to NASA Ames Space Settlement Challenge where it competed against 10,000 student’s innovations from 30 countries and received the FIRST prize worldwide!

Patent Certificate:

US Patent Grant Date:
December 27, 2022

United States Patent Publication Number:

Awards & Recognition:
Winner of 1st Prize at NASA Ames Space Settlement Challenge 2018

To Read Patent Details:
Click Here USPTO | Google Patents

About DiscoverSTEM

DiscoverSTEM nurtures child prodigies. Through our various programs, we transform children into young innovators and entrepreneurs who can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems through their patented innovations.

We provide a complete innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to children and help them transform their unique ideas into practical solutions and products.

For more information on DiscoverSTEM, please contact us HERE.

Hisham Ahmad - CMO

I am a 14-year-old freshman attending Brighter Horizons Academy in Garland, Texas. I have extensive experience with marketing, as I have been a part of various companies and mentorships. I graduated from the DiscoverStem program, allowing new doors to open up for me, and change the way I see things. The DiscoverStem program has also given me more experience with concepts such as patents, invention, and innovation, as well as inspiration to use these skills to help the world around us.

DiscoverSTEM founders Mirza Rizwan and Mirza Faizan have made history by becoming the first Indian to win the coveted George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation – USA.

Started in 1949 by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Freedoms Foundation honors exceptional contributions of Americans towards communities in the USA. Generally reserved for the US citizens, the awarding organization made an exception to recognize the stellar research work and its impact of India’s Mr. Rizwan in designing and implementing a unique STEM & Innovation program for American children, thereby revolutionizing the education system in the USA.

Few of the other notable non-US citizens who have received George Washington Honor Medal include Ms. Margaret Thatcher (Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom), Lech Walesa (Former President of Poland and Noble Prize winner) and world-renowned Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As the latest recipients of this prestigious honor, Mirza brothers join historically acclaimed group of citizens whose work and dedication advance the American ideals, the award letter says.

Some of the distinguished US citizens who have received this award for their stellar contributions in their field are Walt Disney, Astronauts Sally Ride and John Glenn, Capt. Sully Sullenberger, Athletes like Arthur Ashe, George Foreman and Tiger Woods and famous US educator Jaime Escalante.