Ethiopia launched its first satellite into space on Friday, as more sub-Saharan African countries working to develop the space programs for advancing their development goals and boost the scientific innovation.
The senior officials and citizens met at the Entoto Observatory and Research Centre just north of the capital Addis Ababa for watching the live broadcast of the launch of the satellite from a space station in China.
Demeke Mekonnen—the deputy PM said in a speech at the launch event broadcast on the state television that this would be a basis for their historic journey towards prosperity.
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The satellite was designed by the Ethiopian and Chinese engineers and the government of China paid nearly $6 million of the more than $7 million manufacturing costs, Solomon Belay—the director-general of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology informed Reuters.
He said that space is food, it is job creation and a tool for technology, sovereignty, for reducing poverty and everything for the Ethiopian for achieving sustainable and universal development.
The satellite would be used for the forecasting of the weather and for the monitoring of the crop as per the officials.
The African Union has adopted a policy on the space development of Africa in 2017 and declared that space science and technology could advance economic progress and the natural resource management on the continent.