Egypt to Launch Satellite and Space Debris Tracking Station in 2022

The NRIAG also administers the Kottamia Observatory

The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics intends to build and launch a land-based station for tracking artificial satellites and space debris. According to the head of the Institute, Gad El-Qady, they intend to launch the station by the end of the year.

El-Qady noted that “The institute signed a protocol for cooperation with the Chinese side”. At the moment, the Egyptian institute has a station designed for tracking satellites with the use of lasers, and a smaller station in the Kattamia observatory east of Cairo for tracking space debris.

The Institute’s head has also indicated that work is ongoing to modernise several earthquake stations, noting that there is a new station that has entered service in the north of the Western Desert in cooperation with an oil company. He also pointed out the modernisation of another station in the Qena governorate and two stations south of the Eastern Desert near the Red Sea coast

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