Saturday, 29 January 2022

Technical issues delay launch of Egypt’s first satellite


CAIRO: The chief Executive of the Egyptian Space Agency, Mohamed al-Qousy announced on Saturday that the launch of the first Egyptian communication satellite TIBA-1 has been postponed indefinitely due to “technical reasons.”

Speaking to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Qousy said that no new date was set for the launch, but there was a meeting on Saturday set to determine the new date.

TIBA-1 was initially scheduled to launch on November 22.

He explained that the reasons came down to the launch pad.

“All parts responsible for launch should be checked and ready. Technicians at the foreign company responsible for the launch said there were some parts that are not ready yet which led to postponing the launch,” he said.

“The launch pad itself has nothing to do with the satellite, because it is inside the launch rocket which has no issues, the problem was in the devices that push the rocket up to start the flight,” he clarified.

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