Agreement signed to build satellite manufacturing, testing center

The Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University have signed an agreement to build satellite manufacturing and testing center in Ethiopia. The agreement was signed by AASTU University President Dr. Dereje Engida and the Space Science Institute’s Director-General, Dr. Solomon Belay.

Abraham Belay (PhD), Minister of Innovation and Technology, said the centre is a flagship project that would help to manufacture, assemble and test satellite.

Recalling the first satellite that Ethiopia had launched with the help of China last year, he said, the center will create an opportunity for the country to run all of its operations by its own.

Hirut Woldemariam (Prof.), Minister of Science and Higher Education, on her part, said that the project will be implemented jointly by the two ministerial offices.

The center will be built in the premises of the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University. Construction will commence next Ethiopian fiscal year, it was noted.

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