Egypt launched the second satellite in a group of Earth Observation satellites, Horus-2, atop a Long March-2C carrier rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China, carrying high-resolution imaging cameras, on 13th March 2023.
According to Dr Sherif Sedky, CEO of the Egyptian Space Agency, the Horus-2 satellite will help meet the requirements of Egypt’s 2030 vision for sustainable development. The Horus 2 will identify the finest crops produced in various sectors, improve the use of Egypt’s natural resources, and boost exports. As a result, agricultural land will be best utilised, leading to food self-sufficiency and decreased need for hard currency. Dr Sedky further noted that Egypt is accomplishing one of its main objectives in localising the satellite industry and technology through this cooperation with China.
The Horus 1 and Horus 2 satellites are among a group of remote sensing satellites being developed through the full participation of a team of Egyptian and Chinese experts. The satellites are designed to recognise the surrounding environment to maximise the use of natural resources, thus achieving the sustainable development goals of 2030.
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