Sri Lanka’s first satellite Raavana-1 was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore.
- Raavana 1 weights around 1.05 kg and is 1000 cubic centimetres in size.
- The minimum lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years and it is expected to be active for five years.
- Raavana 1 satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by two Sri Lankan research engineers.
- Raavana 1 satellite’s camera mission is to capture images of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries.
- The Raavana-1 is expected to orbit 400 kilometres away from the earth.
- The satellite will achieve an active attitude stabilization which ensures that the satellite’s attitude is stable under the influence of external talks.
The launch of Raavana-1 marks Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space age.