Egypt to launch radar satellite by 2020: official

CAIRO: Egypt plans to launch its first radar satellite by 2020 to source ground water, identify landmines, and explore the deep sea, according to an official in the Egyptian Space Program.

An international tender would be posted to choose a foreign partner to help launch the satellite, the official who talked on condition of anonymity told Youm7 Saturday.

The Russian Sputnik agency reported in April that Egypt aims to develop its space program and Russia could be a strategic partner to establish a specialized space agency in Egypt.

Russia has signed number of agreements with Egypt in space field; in 1997, a cooperation agreement on scientific research was signed, while peaceful usage of nuclear power deal was signed in 2001.  Another agreement on the peaceful use of outer space was inked in 2003.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi also signed in February a memorandum of understanding in space field with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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