- Published on Friday, 06 July 2012 18:14
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It has been planned to establish a space academy next year in a 30 acre land in the Koggala area to ttain astronauts. It will be a joint venture between Supreme Satellite Private Limited Colombo and China’s biggest satellite manufacturing institution, Great Wall Corporation (CGWIC).
The Company will invest 20 million US dollars for this BOI project. The company will build a satellite ground station in Koggala and the Company will sell satellite facilities to other countries as well. The establishment of this company will save a large sum of money being spent to obtain foreign satellite services. The company has decided to offer the satellite services free of charge to the Disaster Management Ministry so that they could predict natural disasters in advance.
Established in 1980, CGWIC is the sole commercial organization authorized by the Chinese government to provide satellites, commercial launch services and to carry out international space cooperation. The company has signed nine contracts with international customers for the manufacture and in-orbit delivery of telecommunication satellites, out of which four have been launched into orbit, whilst the other two are set to be launched next year.(niz+)