Egypt Launches into Space

Egypt To Launch 1st Communications Satellite on Friday

Source: Egyptian Space Agency

TIBA-1 to Provide Egypt Call and Internet Full Service
Egypt is sending its first communications satellite into orbit on Friday.  The government believes this will improve its communications infrastructure and internet services and also attract new investors.  The satellite will work along with existing land and telecommunications infrastructure.  Egypt believes that a strong communications network is essential to its economic growth.  Interestingly, the satellite called TIBA-1's coverage area includes nearby Arab and African nations.  The Egyptian government may sell those areas new satellite services.

Launch Date Friday
The Friday launch of Egypt's first communications satellite will take place from a space center in French Guiana in one of Europe's Arianespace rockets.  The satellite is 5.6 tons and was made by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space.  It will stay in orbit for 15 years to provide all of Egypt with strong call and internet services.  TIBA-1 is named after Thebes, an ancient Egyptian capital, whose name is now going into orbit in space. Space is intergalactically interesting and an increasingly crowded competitive space.


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