- It is hoped the scheme, which includes two large telescopes perched on top of Mount Entoto, will increase the country's development
- Ethiopian astronomers have been criticised for developing a programme when the country remains poor and malnourished
- But the government believes it will boost farming and communications
The East African country plans a national space agency and aims to put a satellite into orbit within five years to monitor farmland and to improve communications.
It is the fourth nation – following India, Nigeria and Pakistan – to have developed a space programme while in receipt of aid from the Department for International Development (DfID).
India, due to receive £160million from Britain this year, has sent unmanned missions to Mars and the moon.
Ethiopia’s programme has begun with a $3million (£1.9million) observatory in the hills above the capital Addis Ababa.TO READ MORE CLICK HERE