Ethiopia Extends Launching Date of its First-ever Satellite

Ethiopia extends the launching date for its first-ever satellite on a space by three days to December 20, 2019. The moves comes following the change in weather. The 70-kg multi-spectral remote sensing satellite, named ETRSS-1, will be launched with the help of China, but it will be under the command of Entoto space observatory facility, Ethiopia. Expected to gather crucial information for the country’s agricultural sector, the satellite is planned to monitor weather patterns for drought early warning and forestry management, adding to saving an estimated ETB350 million that the country has been spending to get such services. The satellite was designed with the assistance of China, which has provided eight million dollars for the project. China has also gave training and six million dollars finance for the project.

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