ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia’s first-ever satellite will be launched into space in December this year with support from the Chinese government, said President Sahlework Zewde.
“The first Ethiopian satellite will be launched in December this year from a center in China,” said Sahlework.
She was addressing the new parliamentary session of the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives (HoPR) and the House of Federation (HoF), which was opened in a joint meeting on Monday.
Ethiopia is presently developing the country’s first-ever satellite, a 70kg Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing Satellite, known as ETRSS-1, through support from the Chinese government, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.
Ethiopia envisages that the country’s maiden satellite, once it commences its operations, would help the East African country’s efforts to modernize its agricultural sector.
“The satellite will provide all the necessary data on changes in climate and weather-related phenomena that would be utilized for the country’s key targets in agriculture, forestry as well as natural resources protection initiatives,” Sahlework said.
Xinhua reports the satellite will be launched from China but have its command and control center in Ethiopia at the Entoto space observatory facility. East Africa’s only space observatory facility located on the 3,200-metre hills of Entoto on the outskirt of the capital Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute has been co-developing the East African country’s Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing Satellite ETRSS-1, reports Xinhua.