CAIRO: The new Egyptian Satellite EgySat was launched today around 6:15 p.m. by the Russian Space Agency from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Youm7 reported.
EgySat will reportedly be able to capture photos with accuracy of up to one meter, as well as work on the sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 700 km.
This is not the first Egyptian attempt at launching a satellite. Previously, Egypt launced the satellites Egypt Sat 1 and Egypt Sat 2, but both were lost in space.
The Egypt Sat 2 project was suspended by Ahmed Nazif’s government in 2010, due to political tension before the January 25 Revolution. Egypt Sat 1 was reportedly launched in 2010, and was lost in space three times the same year.
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.