The Next Frontier
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.