Americans and Swedes locate lost Egyptian satellite, says minister

Minister of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research Hani Helal on Wednesday announced American and Swedish space monitoring stations have located the lost Egypt Sat-1.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Opera cultural salon in Alexandria, Helal attributed the loss of communication with the satellite to technical defects.

Legal procedures will be pursued in November with the satellite's previous operator, a Ukrainian firm, Helal added, in the event communication can not be restored.

Helal said the satellite has been working for only two and a half years despite its design mandate of five years.

Egypt Sat-1 was launched in 2007 for scientific and research purposes.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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