Ethiopian senior officials and citizens gathered on Friday at the Entoto Observatory and Research Centre just north of the capital Addis Ababa before dawn in order to watch a live broadcast of the country’s first satellite launch from a space station in China.
Ethiopia has launched its first satellite into space, as more sub-Saharan African nations strive to develop space programmes to advance their development goals and encourage scientific innovation, AP News Agency reports.
Ethiopia has joined the effort to seek knowledge and from space,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, said in a congratulatory message to Ethiopians.
He said that Ethiopia will send up more satellites in collaboration with other countries, without giving details.
Ahmedin Mohammed, an official with Ethiopia’s Innovation and Technology, Ministry said “This is a day we became one of the 70 countries in the world that operate a satellite from space”.
“The next step is to launch a communication satellite and also set up a space materials assembly and manufacturing facility here in Ethiopia.”
Ethiopian space officials stated both Ethiopian and Chinese engineers took part in the construction of the 72 kilogram (159 pound) satellite that took three years AP News Agency reports.
The satellite was designed by Chinese and Ethiopian engineers and the Chinese government paid about $6m of the more than $7m manufacturing costs, Solomon Belay, director-general of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute, told Reuters News Agency.
In November 2019, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development stated in a review that “Ethiopia’s ambitious development plans have propelled it to become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.”
” It has recorded an average real gross domestic product growth of 10% annually over the past decade and attracted foreign direct investment inflows worth US$3. 3 billion in 2018″ the review stated.
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