Sri Lanka successfully launches its first satellite Ravana-1 into the orbit
Sri Lanka’s first indigenous satellite Ravana-1 was successfully launched into the orbit on Monday from the International Space Station (ISS) along with two other BIRDS 3 satellites from Japan and Nepal.
The cube satellite measuring 11.3 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, weighing around 1.05 kg was launched into the orbit at 3.45 pm (Sri Lanka time).
Ravana-1 has been designed and developed by two local students - Tharindu Fayaratne and Dulani Chamika - studying space engineering at Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology.
The satellite was deployed to the 400-km of orbit at an inclination of 51.6 degrees using the Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA) owned Kibo experiment module.
Ravana-1 will have a minimum lifespan of 1.5 years, but can be active for up to 5 years. It is expected to fulfil five missions including capturing pictures of Sri Lanka and surrounding regions, active attitude stabilisation which ensures that satellite’s altitude is stable under the influence of external talks, etc.