Ethiopia’s first-ever satellite to be launched into space in December

ADDIS ABABA: October 7 (EI) – Ethiopia’s first-ever satellite is set to be launched in December this year from a center in China, the Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde said on Monday.

The Chinese Academy of Space Technology is developing Ethiopia’s 70kg Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing Satellite ETRSS-1 – a 70kg Multi-Spectral Remote Sensing Satellite, known as ETRSS-1, through support from the Chinese government, according to the Ethiopian prime minister’s office.

Zewde told the joint session of the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives (HoPR) and the House of Federation (HoF) on Monday that the satellite will help Ethiopia’s efforts to modernize its agriculture and forstry sectors.

“The satellite will collect data on changes in climate and weather-related phenomena,” the president said.

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