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Egyptian satellite will monitor water security, Renaissance Dam

Egypt launched the EgyptSat 2 satellite on April 14 to help with borders, resources and the Renaissance Dam.
A man walks over a bridge by the construction of Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Sudan, June 28, 2013. Egypt fears the $4.7 billion dam, that the Horn of Africa nation is building on the Nile, will reduce a water supply vital for its 84 million people, who mostly live in the Nile valley and delta. Picture taken June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ENERGY ENVIRONMENT) - RTX115K9
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CAIRO — The Egyptian government and research institutions are hanging great hopes on the expanded use of satellite technology for the development and monitoring of underground water supplies and coastal regions endangered by climate change. However, those efforts are still dependent on the availability of expertise and adequate financial resources to finance Egypt’s ambitious space program.

On April 14, the Egyptian government, in a statement obtained by Al-Monitor, announced the launch of its EgyptSat 2 satellite from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, bolstering Egypt’s presence in space. This comes in preparation for the establishment of the Egyptian Space Agency and the latter’s contribution to all areas of Egyptian development, including agriculture, industry, mining, urban planning, water, the environment and the early detection of natural hazards.

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