Space Agency working on plan to send Egyptian astronaut to International Space Station

Ahmed Abd El-Fattah, Thursday 17 Oct 2019

Space Agency
A visit of a high-level delegation from the UAE Space Agency to the Egyptian Space City in the fifth settlement on October 16, 2019

The Egyptian Space Agency is working on a plan to send an Egyptian astronaut on a mission to the International Space Station, according to head of the Egyptian Space Agency said Mohamed El-Qousy.

The astronaut will have to pass psychological, physical and technical tests to qualify for the mission.

The announcement was made during a visit by a high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates Space Agency to the Egyptian Space City in Cairo on Wednesday.

The delegation discussed with Egyptian officials cooperation with the Egyptian Space Agency and the exchange of expertise in the field of space knowledge.

El-Qousy stressed on the importance of cooperation with the UAE Space Agency to achieve integration between the two agencies and establish an Arab bloc within the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Nasser Rashid, director of Policy and Legislation at the UAE Space Agency, said that the Arab Satellite 813 provided by the UAE will represent the beginning of real cooperation with Egypt and a group of Arab countries, as it aims to achieve an Arab bloc in the field of space technology.

Rashid said that the satellite will weigh 150 kilograms and will be in orbit at an altitude of 600km, and will serve development in the Arab world.

The Egyptian Space Agency was established in 2018 to put in place the necessary infrastructure to establish a satellite industry for remote sensing and communications.

Hazza Al-Mansouri, who returned last Thursday after spending eight days aboard the International Space Station, was the first Emeriti citizen to be sent to space under the UAE Astronaut Programme team and in partnership with global agencies.

The International Space Station programme is a joint project between five space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada). The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements.

The station was built to serve as a laboratory, observatory, and factory while providing transportation, maintenance, and an earth orbit staging base for possible future missions to the Moon, Mars, and asteroids.

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