(Ecofin Agency) - The launch into orbit of the very first Ethiopian satellite, initially scheduled for next month, will be postponed to December. The country’ Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), said the measure is to match with current weather conditions and the need to complete a parfait launch.
In an interview with Africanews, ESSTI’s MD, Solomon Belay Tessema (pictured), said the plan is going well and the installation work is completed and so is the ground station. He said they are waiting for new equipment from China. The liability insurance is also covered.
The Ethiopian earth observation satellite, weighing 70 kg, will be used for monitoring in the water, agriculture, climate, environment and mining sectors. It will also serve as a training support for Ethiopian engineers in space technologies. According to Solomon Belay Tessema, the manufacture of the satellite and the ongoing training of Ethiopian personnel are partly funded by the Ethiopian and Chinese governments.