New Egyptian satellite to launch April 16 from Kazakhstan
Minister of Information Doria Sharaf el-Din - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The new Egyptian Satellite EgySat is scheduled to be launched Wednesday by the Russian Space Agency from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Youm7 reported.

It was previously announced in February that the Russian Space Agency is scheduled to launch three Russian-made satellites into space for Egypt and Kazakhstan; Condor A, EgySat, and Kaza Sat 3.

Youm7 also reported that the Russian Space Agency will launch the Egyptian Satellite EgySat inside a Russian booster Soyuz-U on April 16. Egy Sat is a Russian-Egyptian made satellite, in which a large group of Egyptian youths participated in the designing and launching phases.

The Egy Sat will reportedly be able to capture photos with accuracy of up to one meter, as well as working on the sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 700 km.

The Advisor of the Russian Space Agency and Energia in Egypt, Hussein el-Shafei told Youm7 that all required experiments were successfully implemented on the new satellite, which according to him is “the first project in the modern history of Egypt that paves the way for building a new and strong state.”

“The new Egyptian satellite Egy Sat is an independent project funded by the Egyptian government, and is separate from the Egyptian satellite Egypt Sat 2,” Shafei added.  He noted that the expenses of the project exceed one billion EGP.

The Egypt Sat 2 project was suspended in 2010, amid the tension preceding the January 25 Revolution under Ahmed Nazif’s government. Egypt Sat 1 was the first Egyptian satellite to launch, reportedly in 2010, and it was lost in space.

Egypt Sat 1 was lost three times in 2010, before the final time where authorities failed to reach it. The Minister of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research at that time, Hani Helal, attributed the loss of communication to possible technical defects, Egypt Independent reported in October 2010.

Both Egypt Sat 1 and 2 were funded by the government and manufactured in Ukraine.

It was reported by Al-Masry Al-Youm in Nov. 2013 that the media advisor of the President Adly Mansour, Ahmed el-Meslemany, said that Scientific Advisor Essam Heggy told him that a project to establish an Egyptian Satellite Agency will be ready soon.

Additional reporting by Moamen Mokhtar.

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