British Asia News Network- AD
Colombo, April: ‘Raavana-1’ first satellite of country was launched into space today which marked nation’s entry into the global space age. The BIRDS-3 satellites from Japan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka were taken to the International Space Station (ISS) as cargo, and boarded onto Antares rocket, which carries the Cygnus cargo spacecraft.
RAAVANA-1 is a research satellite built by two Sri Lankan engineers named Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika, from the University of Peradeniya and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies.
As per project satellite is planned to fulfill five missions including the capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and its surrounding regions. The lifespan of satellite is around 18 months.