China is working with other countries to build new space technologies and launch satellites. Recently, the Long March 2C rocket launched the Horus 2 Earth imaging satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit. This happened just three weeks after the launch of the first Egyptian satellite in the series.
On March 13, the Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert to send the Horus 2 satellite into orbit. This occurred shortly after China’s mission with the Horus 1 satellite.
The exact technical specifications of the satellites have not been released, but they have similar purposes. They will help observe water sources and predict natural disasters. The Horus satellites align with Egypt’s strategic goal of sustainable development by 2030.
After the successful launch, the head of the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA) explained that satellites are crucial for a country’s development. They can capture high-resolution images, benefiting not only Egypt but also Arab and African countries by providing data for sustainable development.
China and Egypt are working together on spaceflight and satellite projects. They are setting up satellite assembly, integration, and testing centers, with engineers from both countries participating in the development work.