Ethiopia has launched its first satellite into space with China’s help to spy on the Horn of Africa for military ambitions
The rocket, emblazoned with Ethiopia’s flag, on a Chinese launchpad.
Ethiopian officials announced Monday that the country had successfully launched its first satellite into orbit.
The satellite, which was developed with engineers from China, marks the country’s first foray into space. Today Ethiopia is one of the 70 countries in the world that operate a satellite from space.
Development of the satellite reportedly cost $8 million, with China covering $6 million. The satellite was launched from China’s Shanxi Province, while a control center directing the launch was centered in the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
The launch, which was originally scheduled for September, took place at 03.21hours GMT from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Xinzhou, Shanxi Province, China. The satellite was carried on board a Long March 4B rocket.
The Chinese satellite was designed and built at a cost of $8 million, with China paying around $6 million of the capsule’s price, according to the head of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) at Addis Ababa University. Though it was launched from China its command and control center is based at the Entoto Observatory and Space Science Research Center (EORC) in Ethiopia, which is part of the Ethiopian Space, Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI).
China is here to spy on the Horn of Africa for military ambitions and others that China is up to something. Both Governments claimed that the satellite is to be used for ‘agricultural, climate, mining and environmental observations’.
why would Ethiopia spent $2 million dollars and while so many Ethiopians going out the country to seek for Jobs? Yet many Ethiopians go to bed at night without eating.