Sri Lanka successfully launched its first satellite named ‘Raavana-1’ into the space. It was launched on board of Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It was launched along with other BIRDS-3 satellites from Japan and NepaliSAT-1 (Nepal’s first satellite).
- It is research satellite designed and built at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by two Sri Lankan research engineers.
- It weights around 1.05 kg and measuring 11.3 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm in dimensions. It has lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years.
- It is expected to orbit 400 km away from earth and perform five missions including the capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and its surrounding regions.
- Its Lora Demonstration Mission will validate module to be used to data download next satellites.
- Its Attitude Determination and Control Mission will involve reduction of angular velocity of the satellite using magnetic torquers.