Sri Lanka’s maiden satellite Supreme SAT 1 was launched from xi – Chang space centre in China using a long March rocket today.
Sri Lanka becomes the 45th country to own a Communication Satellite and becomes the third South Asian country to have launched a satellite after India and Pakistan.
The Satellite will be positioned above Sri Lanka in the Geo-Stationary orbit at 87.5 degree east approximately 36000 km above the surface of the earth.
The country’s maiden satellite launch was done by SupremeSAT, a private company with collaboration from China’s state owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation.
Facilities for Satellite Television Services are also scheduled to be provided from July next year through the satellite launched today.
The project is valued to be 320 million US dollars.
The credit of the initial idea of this project which was commenced one and a half years ago belongs to Aeronautical Engineer Rohitha Rajapaksa.
A Sri lankan delegation including Minister Thissa Vitharana and Aeronautical engineer Rohitha Rajapakse were present at the launching site.
The launch was initially expected to take place on the 22nd of November but was postponed due to bad weather.