Program for Manufacturing Small Satellites in Universities Scheduled for Launch by Egypt

Egypt schedules to debut a plan for building small satellites in higher learning institutions across the nation in a collaborative determination organized by the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA), the Scientific Research and Technology (ASR) Academy, and the Supreme Council of Universities.

The project is among the pillars enclosed in the National Strategy for Science, technology, and innovation of the year 2030 released in December by Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt targeted at advancing the nation’s competitiveness in science research and expansion of native expertise. 

The plan document, acquired by Space in Africa, outlined the intention of the Ministry to ‘establish a laboratory for instructive satellites, electronic test s and processing of space pictures. 

The Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister of Egypt, Khaled Abdel-Ghafar, confirmed the strategies for the launch the previous day of the program while presiding over the first meeting of the space agency board of Egypt alongside Mohamed El-Qosi, EgSA who is the Chief Executive Officer. 

Abdel-Ghafar additionally revealed that the ministry would invite a delegation from the space agency of France to converse space collaboration between the two nations. Both countries would be looking to sign a contract on space cooperation. 

The manufacturing of small satellite programs across Egypt is a mirror of the nation’s latest drive to revitalize its sector of space and its determination to be a space power in Africa and the Middle East. 

In the previous year, Egypt lifted off four satellites into space. Two of the satellites made locally by engineers of Egypt at the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, which is currently the Egyptian Space Agency. With a recorded number of nine satellites that hurled into space from the year 1998 to 2019 by the Nile sat of Egypt and the government of Egypt, Egypt now tops the rank for the maximum of satellites hurled into space by an African nation. 

The North African nation is also capitalizing in other infrastructure of space, among them, a satellite assembly, integration and testing (AIT) center, ground station amenities, and the MisrSat 11 Earth observation satellite funded by China in partnership with the government of China. Situated in the iconic Space City of Egypt near the New Administrative Cairo Capital, the space amenities after completion would bolster the competitiveness of Egypt in space science research and technology growth. 

David Turner