The Egyptian Space Agency (ESA) is working on launching a competition in January 2020 to send the first Egyptian citizens to space, ESA chairman Mohamed El-Qousy said.
El-Qousy's announcement came during a visit by a delegation of Egyptian MPs from parliament's education and scientific research committee to the ESA headquarters in the New Administrative Capital on Wednesday.
El-Qousy said that the competition involves a six-year programme with two stages, the first of which is to select the candidates and the second is to train them on living inside the International Space Station.
The first stage will include the required psychological, physical and mental tests. The competition will select two Egyptian nationals to fly to space.
The competition tests will be in compliance with global standards, El-Qousy noted.
Application to the competition is open for any young male or female, he added.