Egypt sends Cube-Sat to space

MENA , Sunday 28 Jul 2019

Egypt has sent a mini-satellite to the International Space Station, where it will be put into orbit next week, said a senior state official on Sunday.

The Cube-Sat was completely designed, built and tested in Egypt, said Mohamed Zahran, Chief of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences.

The satellite is 1kg in mass and cost around EGP 1 million, he added.

Egypt cooperated with the Japanese space agency in testing the satellite before being shipped it to the US, where it was launched into space from Cape Canaveral in Florida, said Zahran.

The satellite is for research purposes, said the official, adding that it will also test space systems developed by the Egyptian space agency.

Another satellite of the same kind will be sent to space within two months, he added.

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