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Sri Lanka, Nepal to foray into space by launching their first satellite on Thursday

Colombo, Apr 17 (UNI) Sri Lanka, Nepal is set to enter into global space age by launching their first satellite on Thursday.
The launch of the satellite will take place the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore.
The Birds-3 program is an effort in collaboration with Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan with assistance from the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) which will coordinate the launch of satellites into space.
Sri Lanka's first satellite 'Ravana 1' is 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, Daily news reported.
‘Ravana 1’ measures 11.3 cm is to take pictures of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries.It is expected to orbit 400 km away from earth. The cube satellite is 1,000 cubic cm in size and weighs around 1.05 kg with a life span of aound one and a half years.
Ravana-1 was officially handed over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on February 18, and will be sent to the International Space Station on April 17, through the assistance of Cygnus-1, a spacecraft from the United States.
Meanwhile, Nepal's Nepalisat-1 is a nanosatellite and weighs in between 1 to 10 kilograms (kg). Nepalisat-1 will be put at the distance of 400 to 500 kilometres from Earth into orbit, with a lifespan of approximately 1 to 3 years.
The Satellite will be mainly used for taking photographs of the country on daily basis and disseminate information about its mountains, hills, Terai, Glaciers, roads as well as floods.
It is built by two Nepali engineers Awash Maskey and Hareram Shrestha pursuing space engineering in the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) University in Japan.
Raindra Prasad Dhakal, Nepal Academy of Science and technology (NAST) Chief of Faculty of Technology said " The first ever Nepal-made nano-satellite will get to space along with Sri Lanka’s ‘Ravan-1’ and Japan’s Ubishu, the combination of which would measure 1,000 cubic centrimetres in volume and 4.5 kilogrammes in weight," The Himalayan times reported.
The satellite to be put into the orbit has dimensions of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm and will operate on a Very-High Frequency (VHF) level of around 400 to 500 Megahertz (MHz), with an approximate bandwidth of 26,000 Hertz (Hz).
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