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.