Ethiopia has finalized preparations to launch the nation's Earth Observatory satellite into space by November 2019, this according to Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute.
Institute Director-General Solomon Belay said about 95 percent of the satellite has been completed and system checking and launching will be conducted after September. The satellite will help provide agricultural information, water and irrigation shade amount, rural development as well as climate change in the country, Solomon said.
The satellite will also report data of the forest coverage in the country. For instance, the current and ongoing four billion tree seedlings planting initiative progress can be supervised through the satellite. Professionals in the area have already received training in regard to the control of the satellite.
The satellite has been manufactured in collaboration with the Chinese government. Ethiopian engineers and scientists have been participating in all of the satellite manufacturing and planning processes. The satellite will be launched from China.