China’s expertise to support Sri Lanka’s first space academy

by Staff Reporter | August 22nd, 2012

The signing of the agreement in Kandy in the presence of governor central province, Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, chief minister, Sarath Ekanayake, MP Sanath Jayasuriya, vice minister of industries and information technology of the People’s Republic of China Chen Qiufa, chairman of SupremeSAT (Pvt) Ltd R.M. Manivannan and other officials

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 and Great Wall Industry Corporation of China (CGWIC), with an investment of US$ 20 million, a company official said.

The space academy, to be set up on a 30-acre land in Koggala, is expected to train Sri Lankans in space and satellite technology with the aim of promoting space science in the country.

SupremeSAT managing director R.M. Manivannan said that “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 reportedly provide training for youth to handle communication satellite operations.

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