Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sri Lanka First Satellite Launched-SupremeSAT

Turning a new page in Sri Lankan history, entering in to space era for the first time, Sri Lanka's first communication satellite Supreme SAT-I launched to orbit on November 27 ,2012 around 3:43 p.m. local time from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China.Now the Satellite has positioned over Sri Lanka.

Earlier it was scheduled to launch on November 22 but postponed due to bad weather in the outer space and some technical problems said President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s youngest son Rohita Rajapaksa who is a technical advisor/engineer of the project.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's youngest son Rohitha Rajapaksa is the master minder of this project.Rohitha Rajapaksa has obtained his aerospace engineering master degree in UK.

Sri Lanka's first Communications Satellite SupremeSAT – I will be launched on November 27, 2012 at 15:43hrs on board China's Long March 3B/E Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. This will be the beginning of new era for Sri Lanka and will be etched in our country's proud history & will stand as a major milestone for Sri Lanka in developing the Motherland as a Naval, Aviation, Commercial, Energy and Knowledge hub, serving as a key link between the East and West. 

The satellite will be deployed at 87.5E in the Geo-stationary orbit approximately 36000 km above the surface of the earth and has a design life of 15 years. The SupremeSAT – I was built by Thales Alenia Space of France. Design is based on SB 4000 series satellite bus which comes under the medium class telecommunications satellite category with its launch mass of 5100kg. SB 4000 series has a successful flight heritage, hence it's a very stable and reliable space platform. Having a payload of 56 transponders on board SupremeSAT will be capable of providing communications services, including broadband Internet, telecom and broadcasting and will cover parts of the Middle East, South & Central Asia and also Australia.

R. M. Manivannan, Chairman of SupremeSAT said the launch will take place around 9:30 p.m. Sri Lankan time and the satellite will be positioned above the country in the Geo-Stationary orbit at 87.5 degrees East in just seven minutes.
The satellite will be operational for commercial purposes in the region by early June 2013.
A milestone in Sri Lankan history, entering in to space era for the first time, the Sri Lankan national flag would be displayed in orbit with the launch of the first satellite Supreme SAT-I.
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 (Pvt) Ltd. is the first Sri Lankan satellite operator with the partnership of China's state owned satellite manufacturing institution China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC).
SupremeSAT is planned to invest over US$ 320 million, and planning to launch Sri Lanka's first ever communications satellite. It will be called SupremeSAT-III. The SupremeSAT-III will be providing all types of telecommunications services to Sri Lanka and hope to launch on year 2015.
SupremeSAT has laid foundation stone for the first 'Space Academy' at the Kandy BOI (Board of Investment). An investment of US$ 20 million on Space Academy, which is targeting to train Sri Lankans in space and satellite technology, will begin in next year (2013). Also, a satellite ground station is to be built in Koggala area to oversee satellite operations.
SupremeSAT will make history by becoming the 27th private company in the world to own a satellite. The company is currently negotiating with the Maldives and Afghanistan to build satellites for them.
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.
‘The SupremeSAT’ company is currently holding negotiations with the Maldives and Afghanistan to build a satellite for them.
The new venture of SupremeSAT will offer all types of telecommunication services such as broadband and networking services, various broadcast solutions, back-haul or range extension facilities for telecom operators and other services such as E-government and E-learning.


Demonstrating our robust growth in the regional satellite industry, we will be launching the first ever Sri Lankan owned satellite, SupremeSAT-I into orbit on 22nd November 2012. This will be a joint launch with China Satcom and will enable us to expand into the regional DTH market with immediate effect.

Location :87.5° East Longitude
Manufacturer :Thales Alenia Space
Launch Date :22nd November 2012
Bus :SB4000C2
Equivalent Transponder Capacity :24 C-band, 23 Ku-band


The second joint launch will take place in mid 2013 in partnership with China Satcom. Supremesat-II will again specifically be targeting the South Asian market.
Location :98° East Longitude
Manufacturer :China Academy of Space Technology
Launch Date :Mid 2013
Bus :DFH-4
Equivalent Transponder Capacity :TBA

Fully Owned Satellite


Upon consolidating our position with the co branded & joint owned satellite fleet, we plan to launch SupremeSAT-III into 50°E. This will be a fully owned satellite of ours.
Location :50° East Longitude
Manufacturer :China Academy of Space Technology
Launch Date :December 2015
Bus :DFH-4
Equivalent Transponder Capacity :TBA

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s youngest son Mr. Rohita Rajapaksa has said that having received the required expertise as well as training in China, Spain and Russia, he joined the Supreme Group or Supreme Sat as a technical advisor/engineer.

He has said that he was based in China for several months, and he joined the Supreme Sat project after completing his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree. He has also said that felt he should be involved in the SupremeSAT project though he earlier wanted to become the world’s youngest astronaut.

Mr. Rajapakssa has also said that the Supreme Sat launch was a private sector project, and the Group intends to establish a Satellite earth station at Pallekele in April next year, followed by the launch of two satellites in June 2013 and December 2015

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