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Egypt to launch ‘Next’ satellite in December 2021

Egypt will launch new satellites in cooperation with German and Chinese partners.

Mohammed El-Qousy, head of the Egyptian Space Agency, has announced that Egypt is preparing to launch a ‘Next’ satellite in December 2021, in addition to other projects to establish space science in the country. The new satellite will be launched in cooperation with German and Chinese partners.

He said that the first satellite would weigh 65kgs for remote sensing and scientific research in cooperation with Germany. Egypt had an ambitious plan to build space systems and infrastructure, as well as strengthen international space relations, explore space and establish Egyptian space law, according to Middle East News Agency.

The second satellite will be launched in March 2022 and used to monitor climate change.

The third will be launched in September 2022 and used in sensor applications, after the Egyptian Space Agency completes its design in cooperation with China.

El-Qousy said that Cairo was working on a project with Africa to launch a joint satellite, with the support of the African Union and with the participation of Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Sudan and Nigeria.

A satellite assembly and testing centre will be inaugurated in September 2022 in the International Space City to be the first centre of its kind in the Arab world. It is planned to produce pure Egyptian satellites for purposes related to development in Egypt and Africa, as well as scientific research.