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Space technology and its applications can be used to foster the development and implementation of Egypt Sustainable Development Strategy 2030. It models space programs and projects as a platform enhancing the implementation steps of many objectives and goals for Egypt vision 2030.
The Lunar surface has been permanently the next step to humankind. “We will be back on the moon” is the slogan of the approaching years. The Gateway is the new space station that would follow the International Space Station, the only crewed object in Space.
A discussion with the Chairman of the African Committee at the International Astronautical Federation and Space Operations located at the German Space Operations Center, Ahmed Farid.
General introduction about SGAC by the regional coordinator of SGAC in the Middle East.







Dr. Ayman Mahmoud

Ayman is working at the Egyptian space program for 18 years; he has a BSc. in Communication Engineering, a Master of Business Administration – ESLSCA, France, and a PhD in Communications Engineering, Postdoctoral research in small satellite tests – Japan.

He has experience in satellite imaging systems, and participated in 6 projects related to space and satellite technologies, most notably as team lead to produce the first Egyptian satellite computer in 2015 and as head of the research team which developed the first Egyptian-made Nanosatellite satellite in 2018.

Ayman holds a patent in the field of improving the performance of electronic systems in the space environment since 2016, in addition to 28 research papers and presentations in international and local conferences and magazines in the field of space and satellites.

Ayman has been member and NPoC of the Space Generation Advisory Council for Egypt and the Middle East from 2012-2015. He was a member of the African Union “Space Working Group on the Development of the African Space Policy and Strategy” from 2013-2017, and North Africa Coordinator for Earth Observation Group – Afrigeo from 2014-2017.

Eng. Ahmed Farid

Ahmed Farid, born on February the 14th in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, is an astronaut-scientist candidate at the PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) program supported by NASA in Florida, United States. Farid’s main work is in Space Operations Mission control center. He was hired by the international space company Telespazio VEGA, Germany, and is located at the German Space Operation Center (DLR), Munich, Germany.

Farid is also the Co-Chairman of the African Regional Group at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), which welcomes the establishment of IAF Regional Groups aimed at improving the exchange of information on space activities and facilitating the development of regional cooperation in space venture and space applications. He works in space operations, human spaceflight, and satellite operations.

Farid also served with the International Space Station (ISS) as a Columbus System controller on the European ground segment and as a spacecraft commander/controller for spacecraft in Germany and Europe, German Space Operations Center (GSOC) in Munich, and he was a part of a team responsible for communications between the astronauts and the ground crew of scientists and engineers supervising all the European activities on the International Space Station (ISS).

Dr. Ahmed Baraka

Ahmed is a clinical pharmacist and an R&D formulation specialist. As well, he is SGAC’s regional coordinator for the Middle East and the founder and the president of the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO) regional chapter in Alexandria, Egypt, and currently, he is doing his master’s degree in biotechnology. In 2019, he received the African Space Leaders Award in recognition of his contributions to the space industry in Africa.

Ahmed is extremely interested in genetics, neuroscience, space neuroscience, and space sciences. It’s been his hope, since his childhood, to be one of the key players who will make Humans a multi-planetary species someday and make deep space exploration a reality. 

Ahmed is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Egyptian Pharmacist Syndicate, Alexandria Syndicate of Pharmacists, The Planetary Society, Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), Space Medicine Association (SMA), Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO), AMSRO International Outreach Committee, our organization Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Besides, he is a part of a movement to establish the Arabic Aerospace Medicine Association and the African Aerospace Medicine Association.

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