to launch its first satellite
Peradeniya University in path-breaking
Sri Lanka will soon join a select group of countries that have conquered
space when the University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the
University of Surrey launches a satellite aimed at disaster management.
the media, the Peradeniya Universtiy’s Geo-Informatics Society
Chief, Dr. Ranjith Premalal de Silva, said the satellite technology
played a big role in the development of a country and the university’s
Post-Graduate Institute of Agriculture was planning to hold a “Remote
Sensing Day” programme before the end of this month.
said that although their US$ 10 million satellite project was largely
designed for disaster management, it could also be used for other
purposes such as collecting data for agricultural development, water
sources management and efficient land usage.
de Silva said the University of Surrey had mastered the satellite
technology and if all went well, the satellite would be launched
He said the university’s Geo-Informatics Society had sent
its proposal to the Ministry of Technology and were seeking further
assistance from five other friendly countries in the region.
said the University of Surrey was confidant that the necessary funds
could be raised because of the peaceful nature of the project which
also involved the Arthur C. Clarke Centre.