Ethiopia to launch first satellite in December

26 Nov 2019

According to the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), Ethiopia will launch its first-ever satellite into space on 17th December.

The Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing Satellite ET-RSS1 will be launched in partnership with China, said Dr Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Innovation and Technology. He said the satellite will be launched at 6:21 am local time.

Dr Getahun speaking to reporters

The Satellite, to be launched from China, will have its command and control centre in Ethiopia at the Entoto Space Observatory facility on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.

Once launched into space, the satellite will provide all the necessary data on changes in climate and weather-related phenomena that will be used for agriculture, forestry and natural resource conservation activities.

During his visit to China Academy of Space Technology in April, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inspected the satellite.

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