Sudan's first ever satellite for conducting research in military, economic and space technology has been launched by China, reports AFP. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads Sudan's sovereign council, said the satellite was launched on 03 November from north China's Shanxi Province.

The satellite aims to develop research in space technology, acquire data as well as discover natural resources for the country's military needs, Al-Burhan reported. The spokesman of the ruling body, Mohamed al-Fakhi Sulaiman, told AFP that "in a few months, the satellite would be monitored from Sudan".

China launched the satellite as it is a partner in this project. Sudan is battling an economic crisis and has been involved in a national space programme for decades covering activities such as remote sensing and geoinformatics. In 2013, the government of Omar al-Bashir, now ousted as leader, established the Institute of Space Research and Aerospace (ISRA).