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Any idea about the economic gains to the country from this??
the gain to the country would be our president son Rohitha Rajapaksa will be able to get a job and would be able to work in the aerospace field when he finish his aerospace engineering. looks like they creating a whole new area that doesnt produce much just becoz he can work here :)
 

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Apparently, we plan to have an astronaut in space in about 7 years. Seem legit?

Sri Lanka to send astronaut to space
FRIDAY, 28 DECEMBER 2012 20:13 HITS: 168 GENERAL NEWS

Within the next seven years the island nation is set to enter space age with China’s help.



Sri Lanka will send its first astronaut to space within the next seven years with the help of Chinese government, Science and Technology Senior Minister Tissa Vitharana declared.

The island nation entered the space age with the launching of the Supreme Sat-1 last month.

He said a private Sri Lankan company known as Supreme Sat entered into a partnership agreement with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for the design, manufacturing and launching telecommunication satellite Supreme Sat and two other satellites by 2015, the Daily Mirror reported.

The second satellite is expected to be launched in April 2013.

This project has been totally funded by the private sector with a total cost estimated at US$ 300 million and the government has no involvement in it, according to the minister.

An aeronautic and space administration centre at Pallekelle, Kandy in the Central Province will be established by the Chinese government as agreed to administer, monitor and control satellites, he said.

This centre will also receive and distribute satellite communications.

The minister further added that the centre also expects to train astronauts at Pallekelle and Sri Lanka could hope to send a Pallekelle Space Centre-trained Astronaut to space at some future date.

Commenting on the country’s satellite communication programme with CGWIC, he said, Sri Lanka must not rely on commercial satellites launched by other countries because the Supreme Sat-1 with the Lion Flag on its shell had undertaken to lease a part of its payload for commercial purposes to the Supreme Group of Companies headed by Nilan Maligaspe.

The Supreme Sat-1 will provide Satellite Broadcasting, Digital Multimedia System, Data Transmission to East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Region, the minister said.

“The Supreme Sat-1 is a Geo Stationery Satellite (GSS) which will be positioned in an orbit of about 26,000 kilometers above Sri Lanka which helps Sri Lanka to use it for telecommunication purposes with more clear and quality TV, radio and telecommunication transmissions with costs. Sri Lanka can use the Supreme Sat-1 to provide facilities to other countries and much needed foreign exchange,” he said.

The Supreme Sat-1 satellite was launched on November 27 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China.

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So I'm guessing they plan on building a launch center in SL too....or it'll just be silly.
 

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Sri Lanka's satellite control station to be opened in Pallekele in June 2013
Sat, Nov 17, 2012, 10:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.


Nov 17, Colombo: The controlling unit or the Content Management Station of the Sri Lanka's first communication satellite which is now under construction will start operations in June 2013, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's youngest son Rohitha Rajapaksa has told local media.

Sri Lanka's first satellite will take to orbit on November 22 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China and it will be positioned over Sri Lanka. The satellite will be operational for commercial purposes in the region by early June 2013.

The control unit for the satellite is now being constructed in Pallekele near Kandy in the Central Province.

The youngest Rajapaksa has said that the logistics for the space station is being acquired now.

The station will employ 200 professionals including 25 chief engineers. China is building up technical expertise in them at present.

In an interview with a local newspaper Rohitha Rajapaksa has said that Sri Lanka has planned to launch a satellite from the country in 2015.

SupremeSAT (Pvt) Ltd., a BOI approved company runs this project at a total investment US$ 360 million including the space station and space academy.

Sri Lanka will be the 45th country in the world to own a communication satellite and the third in South Asia. India and Pakistan have their own satellites.

SupremeSAT has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with China's State-owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for the design, manufacturing and launching of the satellite.
 

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Chief Executive Officer of the Supreme Group Vijith Peiris commended the investor friendly invaluable assistance provided by the BOI, both at the Head Office and the Kandy-Pallekelle Zone, on the establishing of this groundbreaking project which is novel and will offer many benefits to the public.
The project will see the emergence of a completely new and high technology sector in Sri Lanka, the space industry, which will result in the creation of new skills and transfer of know how into the island, which is major objective of the BOI.
In addition to the launches of the three satellites, the project will lead to the construction of a space station/space academy on 10 acres of land that are located within the BOI Export Processing Zone at Pallekele. The value of the station is US$ 20 million.
This facility’s main role will be the controlling of satellites, while a space academy will conduct on the job training for Sri Lankan scientists in this new field.
The first satellite will offer Direct Home TV (DTH) to the satellite users, which is an area that is growing very fast worldwide. Planned future satellites in addition to DTH will also offer services such as broadcasting, events and up-linking, broadband services and backbone connectivity, broadband internet services access, and other telecommunications applications as well.
This BOI project also offers opportunities for providing services to other countries and Supreme SAT have already began discussions of cooperating with Afghanistan.
 

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Having a design life of 15 years, Supreme SAT-1 will be used to DTH TV (Direct To Home) television, where the broadcast signals are transmitted from satellites orbiting the earth direct to the viewer's house. Each satellite is located above the earth in the geosynchronous orbit.

According to company officials, several countries have expressed their willingness to enter into an agreement to receive satellite services. Supreme SAT (Pvt) Ltd aims at being the fastest growing Satellite company in the region. The company has now been short-listed as one of the six companies for the Afghanistan Satellite program. Supreme SAT is also negotiating viable satellite contracts with several neighbouring countries in the region including Bangladesh, Myanmar and India.

SupremSAT-1 will be followed by another co-branded satellite. A fully- owned Sri Lankan satellite will be launched by December 2015. A venture of $ 60 m will be undertaken to set up a fully-equipped earth station for the satellite will be located in Kandy. This will also be later converted to a Space Academy. The setting up of the earth station will pave the way for Sri Lanka to be a satellite owning country and enter a new phase of business. The company is now actively promoting DTH TV with other countries in the region. While the Maldive Islands have expressed a keen interest to enter into a joint venture with Sri Lanka.

The academy will provide on-the- job training to Sri Lankans who will have the opportunity to interact with branded satellites of SupremeSAT / Chinasatcom. This will help local personnel to handle Supreme SAT-3, along with Supreme Sat-1 and SS-2 when Sri Lankan ownership is established in 2016.
 

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US$ 20mn invested in Lanka’s first space academy
TUESDAY, 31 JULY 2012 09:56
Sri Lanka’s first space academy is to be built next year through an investment of US$ 20 million, through a joint venture between Supreme Satellite Private Limited Colombo and Great Wall Industry Corporation of China (CGWIC).

The new space academy is to be set up in a 30 acre land in the Koggala area to train Sri Lankans in space and satellite technology with the aim of promoting space science in the country.

“The mission is to inspire thousands of young people and encourage them to look to space for a career. It will use the Chinese world-class expertise in space science to further boost the size and quality of Sri Lanka’s science and engineering pool, providing the country with skilled workers who can boost the growth of our economy,” SupremeSAT Managing Director R.M. Manivannan said.

The academy will provide training in space technology and the handling of communication satellite operations initially in China, with an ultimate objective of training astronauts locally, according to Manivannan.

“Gone are the days when younger Sri Lankans searched for greener pastures overseas. We are rebuilding an economy which offers cutting edge technological sector opportunities such as our satellite venture. This will reverse the ‘brain drain’ which occurred in our nation for over 30 years,” he stated. Sri Lanka is poised to enter the global space race by launching its first-ever communication satellite within the next two years, through a joint venture between Supreme Satellite Private Limited Colombo and CGWIC, with an investment of US$ 320 million .

Currently, initial designing stages of this satellite have been completed in Beijing, China.

In less than two years, Sri Lanka would join an elite band of 44 countries by owning its first satellite, Manivannan stated.

“SupremeSAT for me is not just a satellite. It is a proud symbol of modern Sri Lanka that will connect the nation to the world with a strong signal that our nation is in par with any other country and we as its citizens have the ability to execute technologically advanced projects of this nature,” he said.

The company plans to sell satellite facilities to local telecommunication firms and other countries in the South Asian region after the launch of the Sri Lankan satellite, based on the DFH-4 (DongFangHong-4) satellite platform, manufactured by CGWIC, Manivannan said.

A satellite ground station is to be built in Koggala to oversee satellite operations.

The facility could be used by other countries in the region, he said.

Manivannan noted that the joint venture would also save local companies the expense of paying foreign satellite operators, whilst also bringing in foreign exchange to Sri Lanka.

He added that the company would also be looking at catering to telecom operators in other South Asian countries such as the Maldives and Bhutan as well.
 

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China’s expertise to Sri Lanka’s first space programme
July 30, 2012 | Filed under: News | Posted by: Neethavaan
China will lend its expertise to Sri Lanka’s first space academy to be launched next year, through a joint venture between Supreme Satellite Private Ltd Colombo and Great Wall Industry Corporation of China (CGWIC), with an investment of US$ 20 million, a company official said.

The space academy, to be set up on a 30-acre land in Koggala, is expected to train Sri Lankan s in space and satellite technology with the aim of promoting space science in the country.

SupremeSAT Managing Director R.M. Manivannan said that “it will use Chinese world-class expertise in space science to further boost the size and quality of Sri Lanka’s science and engineering pool, providing the country with skilled workers who can boost the growth of our economy,” he added.

This academy will provide training for youth to handle communication satellite operations.
 

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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.
 

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Hi All

Do you guys have any idea what happend to Supreme SAT? do they provide any services to Sri Lanka (ex: TV transmission etc)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SupremeSAT(Pvt.)
http://www.supremesat.com/our_satellites.php
SupremeSAT-I was successfully lifted off into orbit on November 27, 2012 at 1813hrs from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China. The satellite will be positioned at the orbital slot of 87.5°E. SupremeSAT-I, with an anticipated service life of 15 years, is scheduled to be brought into operation in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Featuring multiple high power fixed and mobile beams and transponder switching capability, SupremeSAT-I is designed primarily to serve DTH
markets in the Asian region.
 

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SL to launch observation satellite


Sri Lanka was in the process of designing, developing and launching of its own small earth observation satellite and the project would commence once the funds were allocated, Science and Technology Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

Minister ranawaka expressed these views while addressing a seminar for representatives of ‘Countries that Forecast and Study Drought through Space Technology’ at Mount Lavinia Hotel today.

“Space technology, indeed, is one of those strategic technologies.There are several important initiatives pertaining to development of space technologies and their applications that have been planned to be implemented to during the next few years, with some of the activities already in progress,” Minister Ranawaka said.

Minister Ranawaka said the project proposal developed by the Arthur C Clarke institute for modern technologies for this purpose had already been submitted to the Government, and the project activities would commence as soon as the fund allocations were finalized.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/49136-sl-to-launch-observation-satellite.html
 
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