Ethiopia will launch satellite

Ethiopia is going to have its first satellite launched. The launch of the country’s first earth observatory satellite will be in September 2019, following other African countries that have put the devices into orbit, such as South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Morocco and Kenya.

The satellite will be used to gather data on water, agriculture, climate change and the environment. According to the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute at the Addis Ababa University, the satellite will be launched from China while the control and command station will be in Ethiopia. China is providing training and $6 million for the project.

The EastAfrican reports that Ethiopia is collaborating with universities and observatory centres from around the world. Some of the students in its space programme are from Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

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