Egypt, China join forces in space
Egypt's space agency chief has hailed cooperation with China in the field of space technologies, following the launch on Monday of a remote-sensing satellite into orbit from a launch center in northwest China.
In an interview with the China Global Television Network (CGTN),
Sherif Sedky, CEO of the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA), said that China has
helped Egypt to become Africa's pioneer in the space field, with the launch
marking a significant development for the African continent as a whole.
The MISRAT-2 satellite, launched by a Long March-2C carrier rocket
at 12:10 (Beijing Time), will be used in fields such as agriculture and water
"Using the satellite we can monitor urban development,
[and] we can determine the changes of the water level in the river, which is
very important for us," said Sedky. "We can monitor agriculture,
[and] we can determine the crops distribution across the country [...]"
Sedky said the satellite would also be useful for other African
"The resolution of this satellite is quite high compared to
the previous civilian satellites that we had," said Sedky. "So having
the two-meter resolution will serve a broader sector of interests for different
governmental entities and for the different users of the satellite
The space agency chief said that the transfer of knowledge from
China would benefit not only Egypt, but the rest of the continent.
Sedky added that Egypt hopes to deepen the collaboration
and explore future satellite projects with China.
"The knowledge transfer that we have seen from the Chinese
side is really, really marvelous, and we greatly appreciate it," said
Sedky. "We consider this project as the start of the collaboration with
China, and we are looking forward to deepening this collaboration [...] for the
benefit of both countries China and Egypt."