China-funded satellite prototypes delivered to Egypt

Photo taken on June 25, 2023 shows the packaged flight model of the MisrSat II satellite project satellite during a delivery ceremony at the Egyptian Space Agency near the New Administrative Capital, Egypt. Two Chinese-funded prototype satellites of the MisrSat II satellite project were delivered to the Egyptian side on Sunday, making Egypt the first African country with the capability to assemble, integrate and test the satellites. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)

(XINHUA) – CAIRO, JUN 26 – Two Chinese-funded prototype satellites of the MisrSat II satellite project were delivered to the Egyptian side on Sunday, making Egypt the first African country with the capability to assemble, integrate and test satellites.

During the handover ceremony held at the Egyptian Space Agency near the country’s new administrative capital, Egyptian Minister for International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat thanked China for its support and cooperation with the agency, and for being a Egypt’s “strategic partner and friend”.

He noted that the China-funded MisrSat II Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Center has greatly enhanced Egypt’s capabilities in satellite research, development, measurement and control, making Egypt a leading African country in the aerospace sector.

“The advanced devices and effective technology we have seen today are important for Egypt as they open a door for cooperation with Africa in this field,” he said.

Describing the MisrSat II satellite project as another major achievement of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative between China and Egypt, Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang said the project has laid a solid foundation for Egypt’s space industry and will promote the development of space technology on the African continent.

According to the Chinese ambassador, it is the first time that China has completed a large-scale overseas test of an entire satellite and delivered an overseas satellite cooperation project.

“Egypt is the first African country to have comprehensive satellite assembly, integration and testing capabilities,” Liao said.

Sherif Sedky, chief executive officer of the Egyptian Space Agency, said that over the past three months, Egyptian and Chinese engineers and experts have joined forces to perform each stage of testing on the three models of the MisrSat II satellite, including two prototype models and a flight model. .

He noted that these tests have inaugurated the largest AIT satellite center in Africa and the Middle East, which has been fully equipped thanks to a Chinese grant.

“The center is the first of its kind to locate the satellite industry in Egypt. It also gives Egypt a leading role in transferring this technology to Africa,” said Sedky.

With an image resolution of up to 2 meters, the MisrSat II satellite will make an effective contribution to Egypt’s Vision 2030 for sustainable development by maximizing the use of national resources, including determining crop types and their distribution in Egypt according to the nature of the atmosphere and soil, exploration for mineral resources, urban planning and monitoring of coastal changes, according to Sedky.

Following the delivery of two prototype satellites to Cairo, an on-orbit delivery of the MisrSat II satellite flight model has also been scheduled.

Photo taken on June 25, 2023 shows the packaged flight model and two prototype satellite models of the MisrSat II satellite project during a delivery ceremony at the Egyptian Space Agency near the New Administrative Capital, Egypt. Two Chinese-funded prototype satellites of the MisrSat II satellite project were delivered to the Egyptian side on Sunday, making Egypt the first African country with the capability to assemble, integrate and test the satellites. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)

Egyptian International Cooperation Minister Rania Al-Mashat (right) shakes hands with Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang after a handover ceremony of two satellite prototypes of the MisrSat II satellite project at the Egyptian Space Agency near the new administrative capital , Egypt on June 25 , 2023. Two Chinese-funded prototype satellites of the MisrSat II satellite project were delivered to the Egyptian side on Sunday, making Egypt the first African country with the capability to assemble, integrate and test satellites. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)

A handover ceremony of Chinese-funded satellite prototypes is held at the Egyptian Space Agency near the new administrative capital, Egypt, on June 25, 2023. Two Chinese-funded satellite prototypes of the MisrSat II satellite project were handed over to the part Egypt on Sunday, making Egypt the first African country with the capability to assemble, integrate and test satellites. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)

Photo taken on June 25, 2023 shows two Chinese-funded satellite prototypes of the MisrSat II satellite project during a delivery ceremony at the Egyptian Space Agency near the New Administrative Capital, Egypt. Two Chinese-funded prototype satellites of the MisrSat II satellite project were delivered to the Egyptian side on Sunday, making Egypt the first African country with the capability to assemble, integrate and test the satellites. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)

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