China and Egypt launch MISRAT-2 satellite

Sherif Sedky, CEO of the Egyptian Space Agency, said that aid from China has helped Egypt to become Africa’s pioneer in the Space Field.

A historic launch for the continent of Africa, the MisrSat-2 launched into space in early December.

China launched the Egyptian remote sensing satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China, aboard a Long March-2C launch vehicle.

The satellite aims to report on crop distribution and agriculture as a whole within the continent of Africa, helping with the food security problems that subsist within the continent, and giving data to all African countries.

“Egypt’s remote sensing satellite, MisrSat-2, has been launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China, onboard the Long March-2C carrier rocket. The satellite will be used for Egypt’s land and resource management and coastal change monitoring,” reported Space in Africa, in a post.

Sedky added that Egypt hopes to depend on collaboration and explore future satellite projects with China, adding to the capabilities of Africa.

Though the space race is relatively new to Africa, portions of the continent see substantial growth in IT and Information Security sectors, especially throughout 2023.

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