Since Space Technology is among the main interests of the 21st century, the PSC aims through the Space Technology Program to introduce students to the marvels of space sciences. The program aims to help youth pursue their studies and careers in this field to build a generation of space technology scientists and researchers. It supports the development, construction, launch and operation of small satellites as well as the distribution and analysis of the scientific data.
The PSC collaborates with the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) to implement a series of small educational satellites. The cube satellite Alex-EduSat1, for example, is an attempt to take shoots within the Egyptian territories to help in remote sensing studies. It will also perform a cultural mission through directing a message from Egypt to the whole world through space to emphasizes the role of science in making the world a better place.
Progress So Far
Within the scope of the International Planetarium Society Conference held at the BA in June 2010, an agreement was signed between the BA, represented by its director, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, and the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, represented by Dr. Ayman Desouky and Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston-University. The agreement established a framework for cooperation in the applications of space technology and remote sensing, scientific and academic training, scientific visits, cooperation in research and development, and joint scientific research. The agreement will be useful to Egypt, particularly to the Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education and the Ministry of Education.
Systems Engineering Training
The Space Technology Program organized the Systems Engineering Training provided by NARSS instructors during 23 July-1 August 2011 directed to 52 students from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science. The training covered a number of topics such as power systems, thermal analysis, testing, communication, satellite payload and satellite management.
To select the qualified participants, an exam was held at the BACC on 11 August 2011. Only 24 participants who scored above 50% continued to the next level of the Space Technology program.