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* Sri Lanka's first satellite 'Raavana-1' launched
Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 09:23 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's first satellite 'Raavana-1' was launched into space Thursday, marking Sri Lanka'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.

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and its unmanned Cygnus spacecraft launched into the space from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's East Shore, kicking off a two-day voyage to the space station. Liftoff occurred at 4:46 pm EDT on 17th April 2019 (2:16 am 18th April Sri Lanka time), NASA reported.

The research satellite, named RAVANA-1 was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika two Sri Lankan engineers from the Arthur C Clarke Institute, Moratuwa.

The satellite is expected to fulfill five missions including the capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and its surrounding regions.

The Raavana-1 measuring 11.3 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, and weighing around 1.05 kg is expected to orbit 400 km away from earth. It will have a minimum lifespan of one and half years.


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