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Colombo, April 17: Tomorrow will be marked as Sri Lanka’s entry into global space age as Country will be launching its first satellite ‘Raavana 1’. It will be launched into space at 2.16 am tomorrow..The BIRDS-3 satellites from Japan, Nepal and Sri Lanka had been taken to International space station (ISS) as a cargo and had been boarded onto Antares rocket, which will carry the Cygnus cargo spacecraft .
The satellites will be launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore.
Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan has designed it with Sri Lankan Research Engineers Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika from the Arthur C Clarke Institute, Moratuwa, The satellite is designed to accomplish five missions. Its camera mission Attitude Determination and Control Mission of ‘Ravaana 1’ involves the team trying to reduce the angular velocity of the satellite using magnetic torquers.
The lifespan of satellite is 18 months. It weighs around 10.5 kg and measures 11.3cm. It will take pictures of Sri Lanka and its neighboring countries.