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