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Egypt gears up for Satellite City Industrialization and Assembly Center

The entity will work in cooperation with international organisations and the country's academic institutions to push the forward on space more aggressively in the coming decade.

Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar announced that he has been tasked with establishing the Satellite City Industrialization and Assembly Center in the country in conjunction with China. The announcement was made on Egyptian Space Day, February 16 by the minister. He also announced that Egypt will look to sign cooperation space-related agreements with other countries such as France, Kazakhstan, Italy, China and the US.

The government entity also hopes to create a blueprint over the next decade to cater to Egypt’s space ambitions. Besides satellite launches, the country will look to research space medicine and waste, Abdel Ghaffar pointed out.

Mohamed al-Qousy, CEO of Egyptian Space Agency also used the opportunity to share plans to work closely with Egyptian universities and support their efforts in setting up space science laboratories. He outlined the agency’s proposed training programmes.

Several other space-related activities and discussions were also hosted on the day with key government entities and academic organisations.