Contract to launch new Egyptian satellite signed

CAIRO: A contract to manufacture a new EgySat satellite has been signed by Egypt and Russia to compensate for the lost EgySat 2, Sputnik quoted head of Russian corporation Energia, Vladimir Solntsev as saying Tuesday.

Energia attributed the loss of contact with EgySat in April 2014 to “natural factors.”

The new satellite is planned to be launched in three years, Solntsev previously told Ria Novosti.

Egypt’s first Earth remote sensing satellite EgyptSat-1, made in the Ukraine, was launched in 2007, but Egypt prematurely lost contact with it in 2010. Egypt says it is determined to launch a remote sensing satellite for scientific purposes.

Another Egyptian Satellite will be launched by 2017 per an agreement signed in 2015 between the National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences (NARSS) and Germany, according to Youm7.

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