Addis Ababa December 31, 2016 The Ministry of Science and Technology has said Ethiopia is working on launching a medium sized satellite launching rocket that will come to fruition within the next three years.
Ministry's Public Relation Director Wondwosen Andualem told ENA that a prototype of the carrier rocket was prepared as a launch pad for the actual work.
"Efforts are ongoing to launch into space a medium sized rocket within the coming three years," confirmed the PR Director.
He said satellite building capability is also growing owing to knowledge and technological exchanges with development partners.
Efforts are ongoing to manufacture both the satellite and its carrier rocket locally, according to the Director, who indicated its significance for security, weather forecast and other services.
Considering its gravely serious value, the nation set up a Space Science Council and Institute Chaired by the Prime Minister.
With the successful accomplishment of the task, Ethiopia will join countries competing to launch satellites at the equator, Wondwosen added.