2 major space institutes in Africa join China-led moon project | Space

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On April 5, Hu Chaobin, deputy director of China’s Deep Space Exploration Laboratory, signed the MOU with SSGI director Abdissa Yilma in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, according to the lab’s official WeChat account.

During their meeting, Yilma said the institute would actively participate in and promote the construction of the ILRS. Meanwhile, Hu said he hoped the project would help boost the development of Ethiopia’s aerospace sector and space exploration technologies.

Hu Chaobin, deputy director of China’s Deep Space Exploration Laboratory, with KAIST acting principal Jennifer W. Khamasi at the signing of the MOU earlier this month. Photo: X/@AJ_FI

Then on April 8, Hu signed the cooperation memorandum with KAIST acting principal Jennifer W. Khamasi during his visit to the Konza Techno City south of Nairobi.

KAIST council chairman Emmanuel Mutisya, who was also at the meeting, said the institute would take advantage of the research and education opportunities brought about by the collaboration with the ILRS. He also told Hu that KAIST would help push the Kenyan government to join the project.

Hu invited both Yilma and Mutisya to attend the International Conference on Deep Space Exploration, known as the Tiandu Forum, to be held in China in September.

These latest partnerships were formed during the lab’s trip to the NewSpace Africa Conference which was held in…

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