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ISLE 1.O

“ISLE 1.0”-Underwater Monitoring & Research Project is powered by the Biomedical & Earth science division in collaboration with SEDS Sri Lanka.

This project mainly focuses on two areas about the ocean. First, the capture and monitoring of sounds of certain cetacean species to identify and track cetacean populations inhabiting the northern Indian Ocean. One of which is an artificially intelligent boat powered from solar energy which contains a hydrophone for detection and recording of whale songs.

The second unit is an underwater laboratory that will be released to a certain depth or the sea bed to collect seawater samples, some parameters of seawater at a certain depth, and to collect sediment samples from the surface of the sea bed. It is expected to get further knowledge about the ocean and its ecosystem by further analysis of these samples under laboratory conditions. It will be also used as an insight into how humans affect the ocean ecology thereby stopping any further destruction

SERENDIB 1.0

SERENDIB 1.0 – Sri Lanka’s First Scientific High Altitude Balloon was launched successfully by SEDS Sri Lanka on the 26th of December 2020 from D.S. Senanayake M.V. Kandalama, Dambulla ground. The SERENDIB 1.0 team consists of 31 members covering 18 government & private Universities. The launch was a massive success. A huge amount of important and valuable atmospheric data was collected from this balloon.

SERENDIB 2.0

For the second consecutive time, SEDS Sri Lanka launched a high-altitude balloon “Serendib 2.0” on the 26 th of December 2021 from Dambulla D.S Senanayake Vidyalaya ground. A group of 50 students were working on the project. The first phase of the high-altitude project Serendib 1.0 was
completed in September 2020 at Dambulla with the participation of 35 students

The main focus of the project is near-space exploration. High altitude balloon is used as the medium to reach out to near space. Through Serendib, a variety of innovative scientific and communication experiments will be conducted. This is a project by SEDS Sri Lanka for university students to engage in near space exploration

Sky-Lead

The Sky-Lead is one of the main projects of the SEDS Sri Lanka Aeronautical Division. This project aims to construct a short runway system for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that has not been built in Sri Lanka yet

The project’s goal is to provide infrastructure for flying machine developers and enthusiasts interested in aeronautical system development. Through this project, new technologies can be introduced in the future where the industry will gain from it. This project will pave the way to do more projects for university students and do other inventions in the technological background. Through this, new employment opportunities can also be made. So, it will be a great chance for all aeronautical lovers and also other industries.

The project will be flowing further, with modern technology and it will be modernized step by step. The site selection will be done considering the requirements of the construction of the runway. We expect to construct the runway nearby to the Colombo region that has easy accessibility for everyone

So, the facilities and new technologies can easily be acquired. We expect to begin the construction in March 2020.

The significance of this project is that it is carried out by students from a wide range of educational backgrounds. The beneficiary parties of the Sky-Lead project include university students, aeronautical enthusiasts, hobby flyers and system developers, etc.

In the first phase of the project, we will propose the entire concept and construct the runway. In other phrases, we are hoping to construct the UAV and other related infrastructure facilities and technological resources.

Taprobane V 3.0

the construction of Taprobane 1.0 is planned to be completed in different phases at different universities. The total weight of Rover is to be kept under 50 kg. Each part of the rover is controlled with the centralized control unit. This rover is capable of drilling under different levels of soil cohesion and hardness (soil or rock) using the robot arm, carrying a total of 300ml of samples within three separate containers, lifting 300g by a robot arm, In-situ sample analysis/processing, Maintenance, Scooping and Collection tasks, moving in any hard, soft or muddy surface. With the skill of our team, we have raised our hopes that this rover will be able to assist Sri Lanka’s name on fire and excellent dawn in Sri Lankan space industry.

Taprobane V3.0, the Sri Lankan MARS rover to compete in the European Rover Challenge, will be another novel project by SEDS Sri Lanka. This project is powered under the Robotics and Rover Division in collaboration with SEDS Sri Lanka. The construction of the rover will be completed in several phases at different Universities. The rover will be designed by keeping the total weight under 5.0 kg. A centralized control unit will be used to control each part of the rover. It will consist of different capabilities such as drilling under different levels of soil cohesion and hardness (rock and soil) using the robot arm, carrying 300 ml of samples within three separate containers, lifting 300g by the robot arm, In-situ sample analysis/processing, maintenance, Scooping and Collecting Tasks, moving any hard, soft or muddy surfaces. Taprobane V3.0 will compete on the world’s largest artificial Martian track, which is directly derived from the surface of the Red Planet, located in Poland. With a dedicated team comprised of technology enthusiasts, we have raised our hopes that Taprobane V3.0 will turn into a new Chapter in the Sri Lankan Space Industry

Oragan 2.0

“Oragan 2.0” Sri Lankan cube satellite is powered under the Satellite and IT Division of SEDS Sri Lanka. CubeSats are increasing in popularity due to their advantages such as the ability to build rapidly, simple technology and design, does not leave space debris, and low cost. They are used as a cost-effective platform to carry out certain scientific research and educational projects in space, for earth observation as well as to demonstrate spacecraft technologies.

Sri Lanka has not been able to completely design and construct its cube satellite yet. However, the primary objective of this project is to achieve exactly that. “Oragan” is to be a CubeSat of Sri Lankan origin made with the limited resources available in the country. The initial idea for the project was provided by the founder of SEDS Sri Lanka, Amila Sandun Basnayake. The main idea is to construct a CubeSat with the available resources and launch it under two main phases. The first phase will consist of a launch to near-space via the second phase of Sri Lanka’s first-ever high-altitude balloon, Serendib 1.0. Secondly, Oragan would be launched to outer space with the assistance of a vehicle

Ceylon 1.0

Ceylon 1.0 is a model rocket development project initiated by the SEDS Sri Lanka Rocketry division

As the main goal of the project, the team is willing to participate in the Spaceport America Cup which is the most recognized model rocketry competition in the world. In 2021 over 160 teams participated representing 18 countries around the world. A team consisting of undergraduate and graduate students from both government and private universities are working on the main competition title of the competition which is to develop a model rocket reaching the apogee of 10,000 ft. The project will have research-based components featuring the hybrid rocket motor. All the components will be pre-tested and modeled using compatible software and simulated before physical initiation. Modules and components will be selected and developed based on the requirements of the competition as to be used for the final stage.

The project will be initiated after the approval of necessary permission for the startup. The project will be carried through 3 main phases.

1. Initial design (Target apogee – below 3000ft)
2. Implemented model (Target apogee – above 3000ft)
3. Finale model (Target apogee – 10,000ft)

Once all three phases are completed the team will be registered for the Spaceport America Cup which will be held in the following year after the registration.

As the main objective of the project, the Ceylon 1.0 team will represent Sri Lanka at the competition. This will be opening up opportunities for the Sri Lankan students in the field of model rocketry in the future. And as SEDS Sri Lanka it will create more and more opportunities for the local students to study space sciences and to get exposure and experience in a certain field.

 

SEDS JUNIOR ASTRO NIGHT

SEDS Sri lanka is proud to present a brand new virtual hackathon for the SEDS juniors in schools all around the island. 🖥️💡Packed with fun and excitement along with awards and certificates for the best selections.🚀 Event was held on 2020.10.29 & 2020.10.30

NASA SPACE APPS COLOMBO 2020

This the first time in Sri Lankan history In Hosting an event in collaboration with NASA and this is proudly organized by SEDS Sri Lanka. The NASA Space APPs project explores how people can develop and evidence enterprise and entrepreneurship capabilities through work integrated learning to give problem solving goals that we currently face on Earth and Space.The NASA International Space APPs Challenge is an international Hackathon that took place for over a 48 hours period in cities around the globe between 2nd of October till 4th of October.

ACTINSPACE HACKATHON 2020 COLOMBO

The ActInSpace virtual hackathon was conducted for the first time in Sri Lanka under the organization of SEDS Sri Lanka and SEDS Ruhuna as the local hosts,collaborated with the Mars Society South Asia. After a feirce competition of 21 teams throughout 24 hrs ActInSpace 2020 comes to an end . Announcing the local winners of the ActInSpace Colombo 2020, the international 24 hour hackathon , held on 13th and 14th on November. SEDS Sri Lanka, Mars Society South Asia and SEDS Ruhuna organized ActInSpace 2020 hackthon as the National Organizors in Sri Lanka. ActInSpace is a two-day “hackathon” where teams of people from all different backgrounds work together to solve real-life challenges and invent new space solutions together. In a mindset of positive competition, the teams must race against the clock and go as far as possible to design, prototype and deliver concrete results – all before presenting to a distinguished panel of experts. Took place on 13 and 14 November, ActInSpace is organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) – which expect more than 5,000 participants, in over 90 host cities across 50+ countries, for the 2020 edition. The 2020 Hackathon was hosted in Abuja, Nigeria by Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT).