Egyptian TV announced that Egypt successfully launched its first Earth Observation (EO) Satellite for Remote Sensing of the environment from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This satellite is the first in a series of research satellites that Egypt intends to launch in the coming years including one that is locally manufactured.
Information about this satellite is scarce, but here is what I know; It is built in Ukraine with some Egyptian involvement, and it is a Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellite with medium payload (100 - 150 Kg). The sensors on board have multispectral (Visible & Infrared) and panchromatic modes, and a maximum Ground Sample Resolution of 4 meters. I am not sure about the life span but I think it will not exceed 6 years.
The importance of the launch is significant especially in monitoring Agriculture land cover, and urban growth, but most of all in building local expertise in all aspects of satellite management especially since there is a next one that will be built, and managed locally.
Egypt has already two high orbit communication satellites for TV program broadcasting; Nilesat 101, and Nilesat 102.