Egypt Space Agency (NARSS)

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National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) is the pioneering Egyptian institution in the field of satellite remote sensing. NARSS mission is to pursue, transfer, and provide the most advanced technology in the fields of remote sensing and peaceful application of space sciences, and build the self-capability to utilize these technologies to support the national activities for sustainable development.

NARSS has been established in 1991 as a General Authority for Remote Sensing belongs to the Ministry of State for Scientific Research. NARSS was then organizationally restructured in 1994; following the Presidential Decree No. 261 for 1992, as a National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences belongs to the Ministry of Scientific Research. NARSS is mainly aiming at promoting the use of the state of the art of space technology and Earth observation for the sustainable development of Egypt and introducing high technological capabilities into the local and regional market. Earlier remote sensing initiative has started in Egypt in 1971 within the frame of the Egyptian Academy of the Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) through an American-Egyptian joint project. This has enabled for the establishment of the Remote Sensing Centre (in 1972) under ASRT.

NARSS is an outreach institution with two large sectors for remote sensing applications and space science and technology. The sector of remote sensing application works on the use of data provided by earth observation satellites and various airborne sensors to produce maps and spatial data for various applications such as the evaluation and monitoring of natural resources, natural hazards and environmental management. The sector of space science and technology is concerned with the development of sensors to be mounted on the earth observation satellites, satellite subsystems and space research. The sector is also concerned with the control and communication with the satellites as well as receiving the data for archiving and dissemination.

NARSS has two satellites:
EgyptSat 1: remote sensing satellite launched 17 April 2007 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, control and communication lost July 2010
EgyptSat 2: imaging satellite built by RSC Energia launched 16 April 2014 at Baikonur Cosmodrome

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