Sri Lanka's first satellite launched from China
COLOMBO, Nov 27, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Sri Lanka on Tuesday launched its
first communications satellite from a space center in China, a
local company announced.
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.
SupremeSAT said that the satellite named SupremeSAT-1 will be
capable of providing communications services, including broadband
Internet, telecom and broadcasting services to the Middle East,
South and Central Asia and Australia.
"This is a proud moment for us as citizens of Sri Lanka,"
Vijith Peiris, group chief executive officer of SupremeSAT, said
in a statement.
With the successful launch of SupremeSAT-1, Sri Lanka became
the 45th country to own a communication satellite and becomes the
third South Asian country to have launched a satellite after India
The launch was initially expected to take place on Nov. 22 but
was postponed due to bad weather, Space Systems Engineer Rohitha
The Sri Lankan Board of Investment entered into an agreement
with SupremeSAT earlier this year to launch the communications
satellite for Sri Lanka.
The satellite will be positioned above Sri Lanka in the geo-
stationary orbit at 87.5 degree east approximately 36,000 km above
the surface of the earth.
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