The CEO of the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA), Dr Mohammed El Koosy, received His Excellency, Ambassador Sajid Bilal and his deputy Mr Nizar Khan of Pakistan at the office of the Egyptian Space Agency in Cairo. The Ambassador was on a courtesy visit to discuss Pakistan-Egypt relations, especially on science and space development.
Ambassador Sajid visited the AIT building to check the latest technological and human resource capabilities of the EgSA, where the Agency’s head of satellite communications and navigation group, Dr Haitham Medhat, presented all the ongoing and future satellite projects within the Agency to the Ambassador.
Furthermore, the Director of the Education Satellite Project, Dr Mohamed Ibrahim explained the intricate details of the educational satellite projects and the planned training sessions for Egyptian students. He stated that the training is part of the framework for various Egyptian universities to develop space technologies to facilitate sustainable development. He also mentioned that it is an avenue to create unique opportunities for students to understand and explore the design and workings of satellites
According to Dr Ibrahim, the group is undergoing training focusing on all the stages of satellite manufacturing – Assembly, Integration and Training (AIT). The training also includes preliminary projects at the universities’ laboratories before integrating them at the EgSA’s facility in Cairo. The programme will be followed by a final project where the most outstanding students would be qualified for grants and exciting job opportunities within the Agency.
Dr Mohammed El Koosy emphasised the eagerness of the EgSA to activate a bilateral agreement with the Pakistan Space Agency (SUPARCO). He hoped that the agreement between the two countries would help both countries catch up with the latest development in the space industry. He also hoped that the relationship would help enhance Egyptian satellite subsystems, training and capacity building in advanced space applications using AI technology in space technology projects.
Ambassador Sajid pointed out that there will surely be investment between the two countries through mutual cooperation, citing that the two countries have previous agreements in the same field. He further expressed his pleasure at the AIT centre and projects carried out by the agency, and he stated his interest to cooperate in the proposed areas with the Egyptian Space Agency.