Nov 05, 2015

Russia to launch 2nd remote sensing satellite for Egypt

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Egypt and Russia will sign a contract in late 2015 to establish a new Egyptian satellite for remote sensing, Vladimir Solntsev, head of Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, told Ria Novosti Wednesday.

The satellite is planned to be launched in three years, Solntsev said.

Egypt’s first Earth remote sensing satellite EgyptSat-1, made in Ukraine, was launched in 2007, but Egypt prematurely lost contact with it in 2010. The country’s second satellite, produced by Energia, was launched in April 2014.

Egypt says it is adamant to launch a remote sensing satellite for scientific purposes.