How Tiba-1 satellite contributes in securing Egyptian borders



Tue, 07 Jul 2020 - 11:56 GMT


Tue, 07 Jul 2020 - 11:56 GMT

FILE - Launching of Tiba-1 satellite

FILE - Launching of Tiba-1 satellite

CAIRO – 7 July 2020: Given the simmering region Egypt lies in and the threat of terrorists' infirtlation through borders, CEO of the Egyptian Space Agency Mohamed al-Qosy tells Egypt Today the significance of Tiba-1 satellite – launched in November – in that front.


Qosy explained that small stations are installed on borders. The stations are connected with cameras, radars, and sensors that are in turn connected to the satellite.


The satellite sends the images to the entities in charge of border security. It's worthy to mention that the lengths of western and southern borders with Libya and Sudan are 1,100 kilometers and 1,200 kilometers, respectively.


The satellite lies 37 kilometers above earth level, and is controlled from Egypt. Qosy said that the satellite performs audio call services, and will later provide internet services.  


The 5.6-tonne satellite made by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) will remain in orbit for at least 15 years to provide “every inch” of Egypt with call and internet services, state officials said.

The Egyptian Space Agency runs the satellite from a control center in Cairo.

Egyptian communications minister Amr Talaat said in a statement the satellite “represents a significant qualitative leap in the field of communications and information technology (ICT)”.

Tiba-1’s coverage area includes some neighboring Arab and African countries and Egypt may sell them satellite services in the future.



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