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Sri Lanka Marks Its Entry Into Space With Cube Sat – RAAVANA 1

Island nation of Sri Lanka may be small but it too has made its entry into space by launching its first cubesat RAAVANA-1. It was sent into space by US under its Birds-3 satellite launch program from Intl Space Station. This program was a United Nations plan to assist small nations in launching their maiden satellites and through this RAAVANA-1 was launched into space early this week from ISS. The cubesat had been designed by two students of Sri Lanka that were educating themselves in space engineering at Kyushu Tech Institute in Japan.

The release of their rocket was broadcasted live on video sharing platform YouTube by Japan’s Agency (JAXA).  It had been launched by on 18/ 4 / 2019 from NASA’s MARS located at Virginia’s Wallops Facility. The satellite had been stationed at International Space Station till now and released early this week. The RAAVANA-1 is designed to provide satellite images of geographical parts of its nation of origin from a height of 400 kilometers during its orbit around the earth. It has a lifespan of 18 months and its Lora Demonstration Mission will be engaged in collecting data from satellites that are launched after this.

China had helped launch Sri Lanka’s first communications satellite which was released during 2012 and the feat was made possible by due to partnership of the nation’s space technology team. Another neighboring country that was part of this program was Nepal which sent its cubesat NepaliSat-1 which has a 5MP camera and magnetometer to collect information about its topography and magnetic field of earth. Sri Lanka’s RAAVANA-1 was designed by researchers Tharindu Dayarathne and Dulani Chamika from Arthur C. Clarke Institute, a place for research and technology transfer. The RAAVANA – 1 satellite weighs around 1.05 kilograms, while the Nepal one weighs around1.3 kilograms. Both satellites have a lifespan of 1 and a half year and will be kept at ISS till deployment. .

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