Ethiopia to Launch It’s First-Ever Satellite Next Month


Ethiopia to Launch It's First-Ever Satellite Next Month
Ethiopia to Launch It's First-Ever Satellite Next Month

Ethiopia Ministry of Innovation and Technology announced today that Ethiopia’s first-ever satellite will be launched on December 17, 2019, at 12:21 local time.

The 70kg multi-spectral remote sensing satellite ETRSS-1 is being developed in collaboration with the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) through the support of the Chinese government.

The satellite will use for agricultural, water, urban development, and to better predict weather conditions and for remote sensing activities inside the country.

According to the Institute, the satellite will revolve the world in fifteen days, and it takes four days to complete touring Ethiopia.

Up to 20 Ethiopian aerospace engineers are directly involved in the preliminary and critical design and development of the satellite, according to Dr Solomon Belay Tessema, the Director-General of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute at the Addis Ababa University.


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