- Ethiopia has launched its first satellite
- The satellite was built and sent into space in cooperation with the Chinese government
- The space probe will be used to monitor weather and crops
Ethiopia has made history by launching its first satellite into space. The African country has joined a growing list of countries which have sent objects into space.
Briefly.co.za learned that the satellite will be used to study and forecast weather as well as to observe crops growing across the country.
On Friday, the launch was observed via a live broadcast from one of China's launch facilities. The Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, north of Addis Ababa, was host to senior government officials and excited citizens who watched the historic moment.
“This will be a foundation for our historic journey to prosperity,” deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said in a speech at the launch event broadcast on state television.
“Space is food, space is job creation, a tool for technology…sovereignty, to reduce poverty, everything for Ethiopian to achieve universal and sustainable development,” he said.
The satellite was a joint venture between Ethiopian and Chinese engineers. The majority of the cost was paid for by China, $6million of the total $7million according to sabcnews.com.
In 2017, the African Union adopted a policy on space development, recognising that space science had the potential to improve the economy on the continent and assist in managing natural resources.
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