Ethiopian official hails space science cooperation with China

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An Ethiopian official has commended the East African country’s cooperation with China in space science technology sector.

Solomon Belay, Director General of Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), said Ethiopia’s cooperation with China in space science technology has helped the East African country become economically competitive globally, state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) quoted Belay as saying late on Saturday.

Belay said Ethiopia is preparing to launch its first ever satellite later this month, with cooperation from the Chinese government, which will further enhance the two countries’ strong partnership.

“Ethiopia will launch its first satellite from China in December, with the satellite expected to gather accurate information on current environmental, agricultural and meteorological situations.”

“Once operational the satellite is expected to save Ethiopia 350 million birr (about 11.6 million U.S. dollars) annually it currently spends to receive information from satellites owned by other countries,” said Belay. Enditem

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