Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana 1’ will be launched into space at 2.16 am tomorrow, marking Sri Lankaâ€™s entry into the gliobal space age.The BIRDS-3 satellites from Japan, Nepal and Sri Lanka had been taken to International space station (ISS) as a cargo and had been boarded onto Antares rocket, which will carry the Cygnus cargo spacecraft . The satellites will be launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASAâ€™s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginiaâ€™s East Shore.
Designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by Sri Lankan Research Engineers Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika from the Arthur C Clarke Institute, Moratuwa, â€˜Raavana 1â€™ was designed to accomplish five missions. Its camera mission Attitude Determination and Control Mission of â€˜Ravaana 1â€™ involves the team trying to reduce the angular velocity of the satellite using magnetic torquers.
â€˜Raavana 1â€™ measures 11.3cm is to take pictures of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries. Its Lora Demonstration Mission is to validate the module/to be used to data download next satellites. The * 10 cm *10cm. It weights around 1.05 kg. The lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years