SGAC Egypt

Regional Coordinator National Point of Contact 
Middle East Egypt
Mina Takia
Hamed Gamal
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016

Mina Takla

July 2016 - July 2018

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Egypt had an early interest in space; Pharaohs used to watch stars and study their locations and relative movement. For centuries, Egypt's great pyramid's mysteries baffled scientists with its relation to space, ETI, and stars. Modern Egypt recognized space as a legal concern on May 23, 1935. In 1960, Egypt started its official space program with ambitious goals to achieve. On 4 October 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial Earth satellite, which led to a paradigm shift in the field of space exploration. Earthlings started to literally reach for stars, instead of just gazing at them. Egypt is currently an emerging space-faring nation with many ambitions to explore space, as well as protect and advance lives on Earth through peaceful uses of outer space.


Nowadays, Egypt has a great infrastructure in the field of space and its applications, owning satellites and organizing potential space activities for future young generations. Recently, Young professionals and students have started their ambitious programs in space arena; students showed their enthusiasm in satellite and space, young professionals have expressed their need to transfer the knowledge and experience to students through symposiums and conferences. Young generation will have a very good opportunity to promote space technology and applications in Egypt, and use it to leverage community scientific level. SGAC spreads space enthusiasm all over the world. With SGAC, students and young professionals will be able to participate in hands-on space activities, and to share their views and dreams with the space sector. Join Us!

 

Space Activities Overview in Egypt

The Egyptian government, under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has agreed upon draft legislation that will eventually create a national space agency. The announcement was made on 3 August 2016, and aims to harness space technologies for the purposes of economic development and for national security. More generally, an Egyptian national space agency will be given the responsibility of devising and implementing a national space policy and programme for the short, medium, and long-term.

Young personnel initiated many activities in Egypt related to space and astronomy; in collaboration with National Authority of Remote Sensing and Space Science (NARSS), the Planetarium Science Center - Bibliotheca Alexandria, the “Space Technology” program was initiated to teach students the basis of space science, in an aim to introduce the marvels of space sciences and their applications in our daily life. This will be achieved through multiple activities; such as, lectures, presentations, workshops, field trips, and research projects.


Within the scope of the International Planetarium Society Conference held at the BA in June 2010, an agreement was signed between the BA, represented by its director, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, and the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, represented by Dr. Ayman Desouky and Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston-University. The agreement established a framework for cooperation in the applications of space technology and remote sensing, scientific and academic training, scientific visits, cooperation in research and development, and joint scientific research. The agreement will be useful to Egypt, particularly to the Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education and the Ministry of Education. The program aims to help youth pursue their studies and careers in this field to build a generation of space technology scientists and researchers. It supports the development, construction, launch, and operation of small satellites as well as the distribution and analysis of the scientific data. The Space Technology Program organized the Systems Engineering Training provided by NARSS instructors during 23 July-1 August 2011 directed to 52 students from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science. The training covered a number of topics such as power systems, thermal analysis, testing, communication, and satellite payload and satellite management.


On the other hand, recently space projects take place in many universities especially Aerospace department in faculty of engineering at Cairo University. Undergraduate students are now working on various kinds of projects related to space as Cansat, Rover, Cubesat, quadrotors, rockets, and even the building of a ground station enables us to receive data from an orbiting satellite. Space System Technology Lab (SSTL) is a new activity in the University that is interested in the field of space and its applications. SSTL give training course for new students and support graduate projects related to space. SSTL participate in many competitions and symposium in Japan to represent their progress.


Moreover, the Astronomical Society of Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque (ASMM) and The Astronomical Observatory at the School of Sciences and Engineering, American University in Cairo, both offer telescope observations of celestial phenomena and public lectures and exhibitions on astronomy and space topics and events. All observatory's activities are open to the public. The observatory tailors its activities to enhance the scientific literacy of the society and to excite interest about science and technology among youth and children. The observatory also offers news releases and expert analysis on contemporary issues and events pertaining to astronomy and space science including the sighting of the crescent moon.

 

Country-Specific Events in 2013

  • 15th International Conference on Aerospace Sciences and Aviation Technology ASAT-15


  • Recently, Egypt has been willing to host African space agency whose rules and establishment are underway. During a meeting with African foreign ministers in Addis Ababa, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, said that Egypt will invest all its expertise and potentials to serve the joint African work.


  • The 24th African Union summit welcomed a proposal by Egypt to host the African Space Agency headquarters. The summit considers a draft report on the agency, which is suggested to boost cooperation in the agriculture, telecommunication, and climate change domains.

 

Interesting Web Links for the Space Generation in Egypt

United nation Space weather initiative conference
National Authority for remote sensing and space science
SSTL facebook page
Zewail city for science and technology
Egyptian Academy for scientific research and technology
Egyptian National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics
Nilesat: series of Egyptian communication satellite
Navisat-Geostationary navigation satellite for Middle East and North Africa
Alexandria bibliotheca – Egypt
ASMM website
AUC website

 

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Egyptian Pyramids from space Dr Essam Heggy during a session in ASMM

 


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