Egypt, China sign Mou to build satellite assembly plant in Cairo

by Staff Reporter | March 10th, 2013

NARSS delegation visiting China’s Institute of Remote Sensing Applications

The Egyptian Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) and the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) signed a memorandum of understanding to build a satellite assembly plant in Egypt, as reported by AllAfrica.com.

In a statement, NARSS Chairman Dr. Mohamed Medhat Mokhtar said that under the MoU, the Chinese side will review and approve the design of the Egyptian satellite “Egypt Sat 2”, which is expected to be finalised by the Egyptian side in July 2014.

The new satellite will be manufactured, assembled and tested in the plant to be established in Egypt, he added.

In accordance with the deal, the Egyptian side will also be allowed to take part in the Chinese space missions and new in-orbit technology demonstrations, Mokhtar said.

An Egyptian delegation is currently visiting Beijing in this respect.

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