CAIRO: The Egyptian Space Agency has reported that the launch of the MisrSat 2 satellite from China was successful.
The agency said: “This (the launch) is in light of the strategic partnership between the governments of Egypt and China and the fruitful and constructive cooperation between the two friendly countries.”
A team of Egyptian engineers collaborated with Chinese experts in the satellite’s design and manufacture.
It was assembled and tested at the EGSA’s Satellite Assembly, Integration, and Testing Center.
The site, the largest of its kind in Africa and the Middle East, was established within the framework of the strategic partnership between the two countries.
The satellite forms part of Egypt’s sustainable development goals by utilizing space technology to enhance vital areas, including agriculture, the exploration of mineral resources, identification of surface water sources, and the study of the impact of climate change on the environment.
The agency said the work contributed to supporting the Egyptian economy as well as enhancing the country’s pioneering role by providing training programs aimed at qualifying specialized personnel on the African continent and the Middle East, while supplying spatial data.
It added that the launch of the MisrSat 2 was a milestone in Egyptian-Chinese cooperation, especially in the field of space technology.
The Egyptian Space Agency was established in 2018 and aims to build and launch satellites from Egyptian territory.