Sri Lanka's first ever satellite Raavana 1 was launched successfully into orbit from International Space Station along (ISS) with two other BIRDS 3 satellites. These satellites were launched in February 2019 on board of Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launched from 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).
About Raavana-1 Satellite
About BIRDS 3 Project
It is an acronym for ‘Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite project’. It is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project supported by Japan for non-space faring countries. It is led by Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology. It aims at creating indigenous space program of countries by designing, building, operating, testing and launching first satellite for participating nations.