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MisrSat-2 satellite will track changes in Egypt's vital water resources and enhance resource planning, land management, agricultural output and urban planning, thus supporting the Egyptian economy.
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China's expertise elevates Egypt's space ambitions with MisrSat 2 launch
by Simon Mansfield
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 05, 2023

In a significant advancement of international space collaboration, China has successfully launched the MisrSat 2 satellite for Egypt, as confirmed by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). This event marks a notable milestone in the growing space cooperation between the two nations.

The launch occurred on Monday when the MisrSat 2 satellite was propelled into orbit by a Long March 2C carrier rocket. This launch, executed from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center located in the expansive Gobi Desert of northwestern China, represents a critical step in Egypt's expanding space endeavors.

MisrSat 2, developed by Aerospace Dongfanghong, a subsidiary of the prestigious China Academy of Space Technology in Beijing, is classified as a small optical remote-sensing satellite. Its primary mission involves gathering vital data to aid Egypt's land and water resources development and enhance its agricultural operations. The CNSA underscored the satellite's significance in a recent news release, following its successful launch.

Remote sensing satellites like MisrSat 2 play an indispensable role in modern technology. They are instrumental in observing and surveying land and sea objects, as well as in weather monitoring - capabilities that are crucial for environmental management, disaster response, and resource optimization.

The project, fully financed by the Chinese government, not only symbolizes China's commitment to sharing advanced space technology but also stands as a pivotal moment in Sino-Egyptian space collaboration. This cooperative venture, initiated with the signing of the satellite project contract in January 2019, encompasses not just the satellite, but also a ground control station and a data research facility.

The development of MisrSat 2 began in earnest in September 2019, underlining the rapid progress of the project. Significantly, the ground tests for the satellite were conducted at the Egyptian Satellite Assembly, Integration, and Test Center in Cairo. This facility, a testament to the deepening Sino-Egyptian collaboration, was established with Chinese financial support and technological expertise and became operational in June.

A crucial aspect of this project has been the involvement of Egyptian researchers and engineers. Many of them participated in extensive training programs in China, contributing significantly to the design, production, and testing phases of MisrSat 2. This collaboration has been instrumental in enhancing Egypt's capabilities in satellite development and operations, marking a leap forward in the maturation of its space industry.

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