We have lift-off! Ethiopia’s first satellite launched into space
On 20th December, Ethiopia’s first-ever earth observatory satellite was launched into space.
The Ethiopian Remote Sensing Satellite (ETRSS-1), which will be used to gather data for agricultural, mining and environmental protection, was sent into space from Taiyuan space base in northern China.
We have lift-off!!!🚀🇪🇹
This morning, #Ethiopia launched its first-ever observatory satellite into space from #China.#ETRSS1 will be used to monitor environment and weather patterns for better agricultural planning, drought early warning, forestry management, among others. pic.twitter.com/xQYQf86ugZ
— Ethiopian Embassy UK 🇪🇹🇬🇧 (@EthioEmbassyUK) December 20, 2019
Ethiopian officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and former Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, Chinese officials and scores of Ethiopians watched the live broadcast of the launch from a command and control centre set up at the Entoto Observatory and Research Centre on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.
This will be a foundation for our historic journey to prosperity,’ Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said in a speech at the launch.
Stating the importance of building global competitiveness in technology, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke said, the launching of the satellite is the first step to Ethiopia’s progress towards this goal.
In a congratulatory message, Prime Minister Abiy said, “Ethiopia has joined the effort to seek knowledge and information from space.”
ለሁላችንም እንኳን ደስ አለን። pic.twitter.com/FNx6keJM4G
— Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) December 20, 2019
According to experts, the satellite would contribute a lot in gathering beneficial information, and alleviate Ethiopia’s dependency on other countries for information.
— Ethiopian Remote Sensing Satellite – ETRSS (@Etrss_ethiopia) December 26, 2019
The construction of the satellite took three years, with Ethiopian and Chinese engineers working together. The launch makes Ethiopia the eleventh African country to have a satellite in space.
Ethiopia also plans to launch a communication satellite for telecommunications and broadcasting services in the future.
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