Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘RAVANA-1’created by two Sri Lankan engineers was launched into space successfully today (18th) taking Sri Lanka’s into the global space age.
The research satellite, named RAVANA-1 was designed and built by Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika, two Sri Lankan engineers from the Arthur C Clarke Institute, Moratuwa, at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.
RAVANA 1 was boarded onto Antares rocket and was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore.
‘RAVANA 1 measures 11.3 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm. and weights around 1.05 kg. The lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years.
The satellite is expected to fulfill five missions including the capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and its surrounding regions.