Friday, November 23, 2012

Launch of Lankan satellite put off

The launch of the country’s first communication satellite, Supreme SAT I, which was scheduled for yesterday afternoon, from Xichang Satellite launch centre in China, was postponed due to bad weather, the satellite’s joint-owner Supreme SAT Satellite Company said.

It said the launch had been put off by about five days and they would later announce the new date.

The satellite will be positioned above Sri Lanka in the Geo-Stationary orbit at 87.5 degrees East in just seven minutes and this will be operational for commercial purposes in the region.

The Supreme SAT is expected to establish a satellite earth station at Pallekele in Kandy soon.

The Board of Investment (BoI), earlier this year, entered into an agreement with Supreme SAT (Pvt) Ltd. to launch the joint venture communication satellite.

Courtesy The Islanda By Eranthi Marambe