Sri Lankan space academy with Chinese support
China will lend its expertise to Sri Lanka’s first space academy to be launched next year, through a joint venture between Supreme Satellite Private Ltd Colombo (SinoSAT) and Great Wall Industry Corporation of China (CGWIC), The mission is to inspire thousands of young people and encourage them to look to space for a career, SupremeSAT Managing Director R.M. Manivannan told the Business Times. “It will use Chinese world-class expertise in space science to further boost the size and quality of Sri Lanka’s science and engineering pool, providing the country with skilled workers who can boost the growth of our economy,” he added.
This academy will provide training for youth to handle communication satellite operations. The Supreme Group signed two landmark investment agreements with China’s state-owned companies in the fields of aerospace and natural resources on Thursday.
The agreement signing ceremony was held in Kandy where the foundation laying ceremony for the Space Academy took place in the presence of Chen Qiufa – China’s Vice Minister of Industries and Information Technology. It was signed by Mr. Manivannan, Zhang Xiaodong – Executive Vice President of CGWIC and Li Jie – President of SinoSAT.
The proposed Space Academy will consist a Satellite Ground Station which will train Sri Lankans to operate the already co-branded satellites of SupremeSAT/Chinasatcom. SupremeSAT has committed to invest US$20 million on the project whilst CGWIC/SinoSAT consortium will invest in the equipment, technology and training aspects of the project which also runs into several millions of dollars.
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