China has launched the first Sudanese satellite for military, economic and space research, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sovereign Council, which oversees the transition in Sudan, said Tuesday.
The official, who made the announcement at a meeting in Khartoum of senior security officials, did not specify the date and location of the launch.
« The satellite aims to develop research in space technology, collect data and also discover natural resources for the military needs of the country, » said the Sovereign Council in a statement.
The spokesman of this ruling body, Mohamed al-Fakhi Sulaiman, told AFP that in « a few months, the satellite will be controlled from Sudan ».
« China launched the satellite because it is a partner in this project, » he said. Sudan has been developing a national space program for decades.
In 2O13, the government of ousted President Omar al-Bashir set up the Institute for Space and Aerospace Research (ISRA) as part of a space technology development program.
The Sovereign Council is responsible for overseeing the transition before the establishment of a civilian power in Sudan,