Raavana-1

Raavana-1

Introduction:

Sri Lanka’s first-ever satellite ‘Raavana-1″, designed and developed by two Sri Lankan engineers, was successfully placed into orbit. It was launched from International Space Station (ISS) along with two other BIRDS 3 satellites from Japan and Nepal.

About Raavana-1:

Background:

The satellite was officially handed over to JAXA (Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency) on February 18 and was sent to International Space Station on April 17, through assistance of Cygnus-1 spacecraft from Unite States.

Orbit: 

It was deployed to 400 km of orbit at an inclination of 51.6 degrees using JAXA (Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency) owned Kibo experiment module.

Engineering:

It was designed and developed by two Sri Lankan engineers Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika who are studying space engineering at Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology.

Features:

It is a cube satellite measuring 11.3cm * 10cm * 10cm and weighs around 1.05kg. It is expected to fulfil 5 missions including capturing pictures of Sri Lanka & its surrounding regions. It also has an active attitude stabilization which will ensure that the satellite’s altitude is stable under the influence of external forces.

Lifespan:

It is designed for a minimum lifespan of 1.5 years but it is expected to be active for about five years.

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