- Sri Lanka’s first satellite, ‘Ravana-1’, was successfully launched into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS). The satellite has been developed by two Sri Lankan engineers.
- The satellite is a low orbit cube research satellite. It measures around 11.3 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, and weighing around 1.05 kg. The lifespan of the satellite is minimum one and half years but is expected to be active for 5 years.
- Cube satellite is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that is made up of multiples of 10 cm × 10 cm × 11.35 cm cubic units.
- Ravana 1 is expected to fulfil five missions which include: a) capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and surrounding regions, b) active attitude stabilization Earth Magnetic Field measurement, c)Glue Mission: to find COTS alternative to expensive space glue d) Provide ciphered short messages in its beacon in the 437 MHz band and e)Remote Data Collection
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