Raavana 1 launched to ISS

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The ’Raavana 1’ cube satellite designed and developed by two Sri Lankan engineers was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in the 400km orbit by the Cygnus spacecraft of NASA today at 2.16 am Sri Lanka time, Director Communication Engineering (Project Manager Nano satellite projects) at Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, Kavindra Jayawardena told Daily Mirror.

He said the spacecraft was launched by the rocket 'ANTRAS.'

“The spacecraft CYGNUS will be connected to ISS by April 20 and the satellite will be accepted by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency section in the ISS and deployed to 400km orbit by June 2019, using the Kibo experiment module by JAXA scientists in the ISS,” he said.

RAAVANA-1 which is a cube-seized miniature satellite and Sri Lanka's first research satellite built by two Sri Lankan youth Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika marking our entrance into the space age.

Tharindu Dayaratne is an Electrical and Electronics engineer of the University of Peradeniya and a research engineer at the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies and Dulani Chamika is a Mechatronics engineer from the same institute.

The satellite which was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan is 1000 cubic cm in size and weighs 1.1 kg. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika

  Comments - 14

  • Mm Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:37 PM


    Sriyani Mangalika Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:51 AM

    Great my dears ! You opened a new spacial era for My Mother Sri Lanka. Thank you so much for your best effort. Theruwan Saranai Oba depalata !

    SL in KSA Thursday, 18 April 2019 09:55 AM

    Yes a heartfelt congratulations are definitely in order for these two on their achievements.

    Dee Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:52 PM

    I was expecting R.R. to be the first to send a satellite out there.

    Citizen Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:08 PM

    Please send our PM to orbit instead of Raavana 1

    Raj Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:32 PM

    Congtates. Greate achievement. But I dont understand why used Ravanaas name for it. Rananaa was evil. He never existed.

    Sathiya siva Thursday, 18 April 2019 12:33 AM

    Very proud moment to all Sri Lankans. Congratulations to u both. All credit goes to your teachers your parents your effort and will power

    Ramesh Thursday, 18 April 2019 06:28 AM

    We are proud of such youth. CONGRATS brothers. But i suggest that readers should be educated of the benefits of such feat. If not we are into an oblivion. I have no idea of the advantages of this shuttling project

    Banda Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:11 AM

    Indians are not going to be happy for using the name Ravana.

    Shyaman Wijemanne Thursday, 18 April 2019 09:00 AM

    Mission of this satellite should be to find the previous "Rajapakse " satellite which was missing since day 1.

    Lankan Guy Thursday, 18 April 2019 10:07 AM

    MR already sent one i guess

    mali Thursday, 18 April 2019 10:32 AM

    Congratulations! No big show only works WIshing it all the success and may the two of you receive due recognition for making mother Sri Lanka proud.

    janaka Thursday, 18 April 2019 02:01 PM

    I am Happy. Look my tears...

    Arnold Thursday, 18 April 2019 05:29 PM

    I thought our one and only, highly educated space scientist sent a highly expensive satellite from China several years back.

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