A Sri Lankan in space - not the stuff of dreams’

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  1. LTE-TDD

    LTE-TDD Regular Member

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    ‘A Sri Lankan in space - not the stuff of dreams’
    Historic task undertaken by SupremeSAT and Great Wall Corporation:

    Shirajiv SIRIMANE

    There is a possibility of Sri Lanka sending an astronaut into space in less than four years.

    This historic task has been undertaken by the Sri Lankan company SupremeSAT and China’s state- owned biggest satellite manufacturing institution, Great Wall Corporation (CGWIC).

    The agreement will be signed in Beijing where the Chinese company is based.

    SupremeSAT Managing Director R M Manivannan said SupremeSAT has already written a new chapter in Sri Lankan history by becoming the first institution in Sri Lanka to own a satellite.

    Only 44 countries own a satellite outright or in partnerships of three or fewer.“We have a co-branded satellite with the Chinese company in orbit from last month.

    Our next step is the building of our own company satellite at the Great Wall Corporation facility. This would be ready in two years and then it would be the first Sri Lankan owned satellite," he said.

    The total investment for this would be around US $ 300 million.

    The first satellite Sputnik was built and launched by the Russians in 1957. There are over 900 satellites in operation today, of which 381 satellites are in Geostationary Orbit.

    Satellites have a typical life time of 15 years. Manivannan said their next aim is to train Sri Lankan youths with space technology and this would be initially done in China. "We will soon call for applications for 'would be astronauts'. After going through their records , we will send them for training to China," he said. "After three to four years, they will be able to undertake missions in space and sending a Sri Lankan to space would no longer be a dream," he said.

    Sri Lanka News | Online edition of Daily News - Lakehouse Newspapers
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  3. CherrywoodHunter

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    buy a satellite, get a free ride to space

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