Sri Lanka launched its first satellite ‘Raavana-1’ into space from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore. The satellite, which weighs around 1.05 kg, will have the lifespan of around one and a half years.
The launch marks Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space race. The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by two Sri Lankan research engineers.
Its camera mission is to take pictures of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries. Its Lora Demonstration Mission is to validate the module to be used to data download next satellites. The Attitude Determination and Control Mission of ‘Ravaana 1’ will involve the team trying to reduce the angular velocity of the satellite using magnetic torquers.
Sri Lanka’s satellite along with other BIRDS-3 satellites from Japan and Nepal had been taken to International space station (ISS) as cargo and then boarded onto the Antares rocket and launched.