MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. EgyptSat-A satellite to be produced by Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia instead of failed EgyptSat-2 is scheduled to be launched in 2019, Chief Executive Officer of the corporation Vladimir Solntsev told TASS.
"We have already started producing the spacecraft. Its launch is scheduled in 2019," he said.
EgyptSat-A should replace EgyptSat-2 satellite produced by Russia, communications with which was lost in April 2015. RSC Energia said it started producing EgyptSat-A at the expense of the insurance coverage for the lost satellite in May 2016. The equivalent cost of new work amounts to approximately $100 mln.
The satellite will be fitted with advanced optical-electronic system and onboard control package. High-speed onboard radio link and improved solar batteries. The share of Russian components in EgyptSat-A will be much higher than in EgyptSat-2, including X-band transmitters.