Ethiopia Aims To Launch Satellite Next Year

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Ethiopia plans next year to join an exclusive club of African nations: those with their own national satellites. The country’s first satellite, due to be launched in September with China’s help and backing, is being put in place in part to track environmental concerns, said the head of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI). ALSO READ: China launches rover to land on the moon “The main mission of this space satellite is to monitor climate change and assess environmental issues such as proper application of water resources, mining activities and other activities related to environmental purposes,” said Solomon Belay Tessema, the director general of the institute.

 

From Standard.

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“The main mission of this space satellite is to monitor climate change and assess environmental issues such as proper application of water resources, mining activities and other activities related to environmental purposes,” said Solomon Belay Tessema, the director general of the institute. But – among a range of other possible uses – it will also support efforts to adapt to climate change, including crop insurance programmes for small-scale farmers. Better weather data, for instance, will let insurance firms more accurately assess when triggers for payments – such as a lack of rain that kills fodder and crops – have been met, to help get payments to farmers and herders faster when they need them.

Better weather data, for instance, will let insurance firms more accurately assess when triggers for payments – such as a lack of rain that kills fodder and crops – have been met, to help get payments to farmers and herders faster when they need them. Melkachew Temsgen, head of the micro-insurance department at Oromia Insurance Company (OIC), based in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, said his company has a steadily increasing number of customers among the pastoralists and farmer who make up more than 80 percent of Ethiopia’s estimated 105 million populations.

Read more at Standard.