Ethiopia to launch first rocket in four months
Mekele Institute of Technology is in its final stage of putting together a laboratory and a rocket launching pad for the first rocket the country will launch in the coming few months.
The laboratory, which will be used as a testing ground where rocket engines are tested before they are mounted onto the main body, will be ready for trial after three months. The prototype rocket named Alpha Meles is anticipated to be launched on November 2015 from Hashenage Station in Northern Mekele. Alpha Meles was built at a cost of 50 million birr.
The rocket will go as high as 30km from the earth surface. Three organizations, Mesfin Industrial Engineering, Mesebo Cement and the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) jointly help the project to become a reality.
Leul Gebreselassie, Quality Assurance Head at Mekele Institute of Technology told Capital that the project will encourage more space science projects to bud up in future.