Saudi Arabia plans to complete and launch a remote-sensing satellite later this year. Officials said the satellite has been designed and produced by Saudi engineers. They said the facility will be used for civilian purposes including the tracking of vehicles in the kingdom.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are the only Arab countries with satellites in orbit. Riyad launched two satellites in September 2000 and they are said to be in orbit at an altitude of 650 kilometers. Unlike Saudi Arabia, Egypt does not plan an imminent launch of a remote-imaging facility. The Saudi project is bein led by the Space Research Institute and the Center for Remote Sensing, officials said. They are resonsible for providing satellite imagery and data for the government and private sector.