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Belarus creating core equipment for Egyptian satellite

Belarus: Belarus is creating the core equipment for an Egyptian remote sensing satellite, said Oleg Semenov, Chief Engineer of the enterprise Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

The Belarusian core equipment will be used by the EgyptSat satellite, which is scheduled for launch in 2014. The satellite will be made by the Russian rocket and space corporation Energia. The Belarusian enterprise is a subcontractor for the project.

The company OAO Peleng is creating the optical and electronic equipment for the satellite. At present the company has USD 135 million worth of contracts to fulfill, or eight times as much as the prime cost of the Belarusian satellite (USD 16 million).

Apart from the core equipment the Belarusian side will create the technology to send and process space data. Once the flight tests are complete and the satellite is handed over to the customer, Egypt will use it for proprietary purposes.

Source: Belta