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“The satellite aims to develop research in space technology, acquire data as well as discover natural resources for the country’s military needs,” a statement issued by the council said.
Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported that the Sudan Remote Sensing Satellite (SRSS-1), was launched on Sunday from the northern Chinese province of Shanxi. Spokesman of the ruling body, Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman told that “in a few months the satellite would be monitored from Sudan”.
“China launched the satellite as it is a partner in this project,” al-Faki said.
Sudan, which is battling an economic crisis, has been involved in a national space programme for decades covering activities such as remote sensing and geo-informatics.
In 2013, the then-Sudanese government led by President Omar al-Bashir established the Institute of Space Research and Aerospace (ISRA) as part of an overall plan to develop space technologies. Al-Bashir was removed by the army in April following a nationwide protest movement against his 30-year rule.
The protests were triggered by the economic crisis led by an acute shortage of foreign currency and high inflation.