Raavana-1, Sri Lanka’s first-ever satellite, was successfully launched into the space today (18).
The satellite was launched by NASA’s ‘Cygnus’ spacecraft, at Wallops Flight Facility situated on Wallops Island.
The spacecraft was launched by the rocket ‘ANTRAS’ and it is expected to reach the International Space Station (ISS) by 15th April. By June, it will be deployed to 400 km orbit.
Raavana-1 was developed by two Sri Lankan engineers Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika.
The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and it weighs 1.1 kg.