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Ethiopia to launch first satellite into space

Published: Feb 14, 2013 Filed under: Ethiopian News Tech & Science Views: 13,708
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The Ethiopian government is set to design, construct and launch the country's first satellite into space, according to Debretsion Gebremichael (Ph.D.), Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Cluster and minister of Communications and Information Technology. The minister told parliamentarians on Tuesday that the satellite will be primarily used for communication purposes and, if all goes according to plan, the satellite will be launched in a matter of two years.

“It is not something that is going to happen overnight since it requires proper financing and human resource,” Debretsion told Mps.

Once everything is finalized the launch will take place outside of Ethiopia, he added.
According to the website of the Ethiopian Space Science Society, the ET-SAT, a small satellite (CubeSat,) is set to become the first satellite by an Ethiopian institution.
During a meeting held at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT,) of Addis Ababa University (AAU,) back in August 2012, AAiT’S deputy scientific director and QB-50’S ET-SAT project principal investigator, Dr/Eng. Getahun Mekuria announced that the proposal for ET-SAT has been pre selected by the QB50 project office, the Von Karman Institute (VKI,) BrusselsBelgium, among 71 proposals from 38 countries, the website read.

The principal investigator  further stated that ET-SAT is to be designed and constructed by the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT) team with the aim of carrying out lower thermosphere research and to teach youngsters about satellite technology.


Fifty CubeSat are to be constructed and launched by universities and institutes all over the world under a project named QB50 and AAiT is the only institute in Africa to be pre-selected up to now.

“The government has an intention to consider building a communication satellite and hence it is necessary to develop a roadmap that charts the various milestones that capture our vision and the current intended project. Furthermore, to bring all stakeholders of this intervention, organizing a workshop would be an essential first step,” Debretsion said at the meeting.

By Yohannes Anberbir
Ethiopian Reporter


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  1. Ethiopia
    Ethiopia
    7 months, 2 weeks ago

    You guys you talk too much think about we are the purest country ever in the world haw we can lunch satellite if you got another joke let me hear you if not you better to shut up your Atlantic mouth. You wont kill me by hunger if they know European and American we will die by hunger so please shut up your mouth Gobez
  2. Amen
    Amen
    7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Glory to God For every thing is simple in his hand. God bless Ethiopia, weep tears of my brothers and sister in Saudi and similar countries.
  3. Ya gang
    Ya gang
    1 year, 3 months ago

    It is a fantastic idea that is what we need we want develop and strong Ethiopia this kind of technology is a critical for Ethiopia we had a lot of threat in pass we will have in the future this is the best way to defend and have sophisticated system which improve our communication and defense force for our homeland Ethiopia
  4. Odaa
    Odaa
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Congra to all AAiT student
  5. Zecharias
    Zecharias
    1 year, 4 months ago

    I can't wait to see this.......YECHALAL!
  6. Ephrem
    Ephrem
    1 year, 5 months ago

    lemamen yemikebd zana new ...God Blessssss emeya enata
  7. Alemayehu kebede
    Alemayehu kebede
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I laike Diretube.com and I want follow these websaite to matuch
  8. bellete
    bellete
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Respect to all brothers and sisters who work hard to make tomorrow a better day for all ethiopians. yes, it is obvious, the country is heading forward. Don't deny this very fact, pls.
  9. Eskendir Alebachew
    Eskendir Alebachew
    1 year, 5 months ago

    oh my god its hard to blieve. if it is true i dont know how this pleased the people of Ethiopia those are starved development and give credit to those working day and night for the success of the accomplishment next to God almighty who is the source of our development
  10. Samisa
    Samisa
    1 year, 5 months ago

    what a noble IDEA!
  11. Negicomp
    Negicomp
    1 year, 5 months ago

    what about fuel....
  12. WOLDEMARIAM
    WOLDEMARIAM
    1 year, 5 months ago

    KEEP IT UP............
  13. Solomon
    Solomon
    1 year, 5 months ago

    God bless Ethiopia. This in great news for me and for those Ethiopian's who Love Ethiopia. After you socialize with people for hours and as soon as you tell them you Ethiopian they will change the subject of the discussion and ask you, how is the hunger and the famine now in Ethiopia? You are labeled as you are here to for look food. Now the subject is going to change in a few years on earth.
  14. Selam
    Selam
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Ahun deberetsion yemiawerawu Yietamenal??????
  15. Tamiru Abera
    Tamiru Abera
    1 year, 5 months ago

    It is fantastic ideas indeed!!
    I hope this is shows that our achievement in multidirectional development.
  16. Dj
    Dj
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Great news ! Long live Ethiopia!
  17. Ture
    Ture
    1 year, 5 months ago

    momush and Woyane hater,

    AYE ERITREANS MEKATEL NEW SERACHEU BEKA. FIRST OF ALL NIGERIA IS NOT THE FIRST ONE IN AFRICA ***. EGYPT, SOUTH AFRICA HAVE ONE. WE CAN DO IT ALSO. WHAT HAS ERITREANS ACCOMPLISH, DIGGING MISHIG AND KIDNEY DONATION. YE*** MEKENA HIZB. GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA. TRUE ETHIOPIANS ARE PROUD OF THIS IDEA. JUST THE IDEA IS ENOUGH. DEATH TO ALL ETHIOPIA ENEMY.
  18. Woyane hater
    Woyane hater
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Woyane has a lot of project and wishes! but never finished and succed. They talk big but they do little. that is Woyane. They achieve they can spy and control much of the information that is against to them!
  19. abdiabdurazak
    1 year, 5 months ago

    yeyeyeeeeeeeeess , this 's great new's 4 all lovers of "Great Etiopia" & ALLAH BLESS GREAT ETIOPIA & Dr/Eng kasahun Mokria& z like's. ' smoothlly &through'
  20. zewdu
    zewdu
    1 year, 5 months ago

    benie zemene yihiene meaematie germognale. yihie berasu beki newu
    meseratu fetari yawukewale. negere gine meneyahile confidence yalew yetemare yesewu hayile endalene begiltse yasayale.
    yale mukera bandie successful lounch enaderegalene belew makedachew akuretwugnale. yimechachihu ye technology mehurane. nurulate le Ethiopia.
  21. momush
    momush
    1 year, 5 months ago

    its not a big deal Nigeria launched its frist satellite past year
  22. Zula
    Zula
    1 year, 5 months ago

    it is very interesting. we need to work on technological development persistently and in human rights as well. Hearing this new encourage students to be future Ethiopian scientist. God bless
  23. badebotadele
    badebotadele
    1 year, 5 months ago

    it is a good idea or news, firstly it will be for communication purpose, after that we will explore space for differnt purpose, like weather prediction, miltary purpose, enviromental assessment etc
  24. semere gebrekidan
    semere gebrekidan
    1 year, 5 months ago

    This is the beginning but our dream is beyond
  25. simeneh
    simeneh
    1 year, 5 months ago

    am optimistic...y not? we can...we can develop the country when we look beyond our constrains!
  26. Asmamaw A.
    Asmamaw A.
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Mighty Lord is our strength!
  27. thomi
    thomi
    1 year, 5 months ago

    this is a good news 4 all ethiopians
  28. kkk
    kkk
    1 year, 5 months ago

    ምድረ ሻቢያ ኑና ተንጫጩ አሁን, ገና እግራችንን የሚያጥብ ኤርትራዊ ሮቦት እንሰራለን...ክክክክክክ..
  29. Gemeda
    Gemeda
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Go Go Go............., this is amaaaaaaaaaziiiiiing.
  30. bizualem
    bizualem
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I can't wait to see it!
  31. sefa
    sefa
    1 year, 5 months ago

    what a bright future ethiopia has! Gna gena menu tenekana.....