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    Russia to Launch Egyptian Remote Sensing Satellite on December 27 - Source

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia will launch an EgyptSat-A earth remote sensing satellite on a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket on December 27, a source in the Russian space industry told Sputnik.

    The EgyptSat-A is being built by Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) for Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences under a deal worth $100 million.

    "Roscosmos has approved December 27 as the launch date for the earth remote sensing satellite built by RSC Energia under a contract with Egypt," the source said.

    According to the source, it will be the last space launch by Russia in 2018.

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    Earlier, the head of Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the mass production of Russia's Angara heavy-lift rocket will enable Russia to regain the top spot in terms of space launches, adding that in 2019, Roscosmos plans to carry out another launch of heavy-lift Angara rockets.


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