Ethiopia is completing plans to initiate its subsequent satellite into the orbit in the coming month, following eight months after its ETRSS-1 launch in the last December. The nation’s space ambitions, supported by China’s grants and its satellite send-off sites, have seen Ethiopia’s engineers devise the satellites in a proposal co-funded by the two countries. The Earth surveillance nanosatellite, ET-SMART-RSS, is anticipated to launch from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, located in Wenchang Hainan province.
Ethiopia’s Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), Dr. Yeshurun Alemayu, stated through the institution’s website that they would gain from the satellite’s data gathering capacities for a whole year. ETRSS-1 satellite of Ethiopia, operated by a group of engineers at the Entoto Observatory and Research Center located at Addis Ababa outskirts, examines weather patterns to extort data and improve the nation’s vigilance in case of famine. The nation’s partnership on space missions with China was contracted in 2016 by former Ethiopia’s minister, who was in charge of Science and Technology, Abiy Ahmed, who is currently the country’s prime minister.
Because of the profound capital venture needed, space agendas were initially considered past the majority of developing nations’ reach. However, China, Russia, and Japan’s willingness to partner with blossoming space agendas and minute and less costly satellite emergence have many African countries contemplating launching satellites. The launch of Ethiopia’s ETRSS-1 satellite sent the 41st satellite of the continent into the orbit. Some months before, Sudan’s successful debut launch made the headlines, just like Rwanda in February 2019. Egypt leads the continent with 9 successful satellite launches since the year 1998, with four satellites launching in the last year.
In the year 2017, the African Union initiated an African Space Policy that calls for expansion of a continental space program and the acceptance of the framework to be able to use the satellite communication for financial growth. Even as the skepticism abounds over the irregular resources used in the face of more immediate current concerns regarding poverty, education, and health, satellite capability is needed. They need it to double in the forthcoming 5 years in the sub-Saharan Africa as worries of climate change cultivate, and governments try getting to the test’s front. Dr. Solomon Belay, the ESSTI director-general, confirmed in the last week during an interview that Ethiopia is targeting to arrive at launches of satellites in ten years.