The Next Fron­tier

Southasia - - Briefing -

Sri Lanka and China may soon be col­lab­o­rat­ing on a project to launch Sri Lanka’s first satel­lite by 2015. An ex­clu­sive agree­ment signed be­tween Sri Lankan lo­cal com­pany, Supre­meSAT and China state-owned China Great Wall In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion (CGWIC), de­tails the de­sign, man­u­fac­tur­ing and launch­ing of the satel­lite.

Supre­meSAT has reached an agree­ment with the Sri Lankan board of in­vest­ment, se­cur­ing $20 mil­lion, ex­pected to in­crease to $320 mil­lion in the long-run, for a very am­bi­tious project to take Sri Lanka into the global space race. The or­bital slot of Sri Lanka is lo­cated at 50 de­grees east and will be host to Sri Lanka’s first tele­com satel­lite.

Es­tab­lished in 1980, the CGWIC is China’s only com­pany au­tho­rized to pro­vide satel­lites, com­mer­cial launch ser­vices and con­duct in­ter­na­tional space co­op­er­a­tion.

The satel­lite will be named the DFH-4, also known as Dong Fang Hong, which trans­lates into “Ris­ing of the shin­ing East.” Supre­meSAT is ex­pected to pro­vide a range of tele­com ser­vices in­clud­ing broad­band and net­work­ing ser­vices, nu­mer­ous broad­cast so­lu­tions and other ser­vices such as e-gov­ern­ment and e-learn­ing.

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