On November, 7 to 11, 2017, a delegation from the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) visited the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics of Egypt (NRIAG).

The members of the delegation from NAOC are Prof. Dr. LIU  Chengzhi, the Director of the Changchun Observatory, Prof. HAN  Xingwei, and Dr.  LIANG  Zhipeng from the Changchun Observatory, Dr. CHENG, Haowen ,  Senior Engineer of National Astronomical Observatories.

During the previous Egyptian visit to China during May, 2017, two Official documents between the two institutes had been signed. This visit of the delegation from NAOC, helps to develop the collaborations between Egypt and China in the fields of the satellite laser ranging (SLR) as well as the Space Debris and the Near-Earth-Object Observations.

Prof. Hatem Odah, the president of NRIAG, and Prof. Makram Ibrahim, the Head of the Solar and Space Research Department of NRIAG, met the delegation and had academic discussions with them. During the visit, the delegation of China also visited kottamia astronomical observatory Kotamia Observatory.

The members of the delegation from NAOC, from right to left Prof. Xingwei HAN Prof. Chengzhi LIU , Dr. Zhipeng LIANG, and Dr. Haowen CHENG, with Prof. Makram Ibrahim and Prof. Hatem Odah.

As a results of visit, NAOC and NRIAG have preliminarily agreed on the location for the building of the Laser ranging system in the observatory. NRIAG will provide the detailed design scheme to NAOC to check if the building is suitable for the Laser ranging system, and make sure that there will not be any sight block above elevation of 5° for the Laser ranging system.

During the meeting, NAOC and NRIAG discussed the possibility to have an optical telescope for space debris and satellite observations. In that case the optical telescope building will be a part of the whole building containing the Laser ranging system. NAOC will provide instruments of optical telescope for space debris and satellites observation, and NRIAG will be in charge of the construction of the building for the optical telescope deployment and operation.

The Chinese Delegations with prof. Makram (on the behalf of Prof. Hatem) and with a group of Consultant Engineers during the meeting for the selection of the site and the Facility requirements of the Building.
The Chinese Delegations with the Consultant Engineers and Members from NRIAG at the expected site desired for the new Building for SLR and DLR.
The Chinese Delegation at the Kottamia Astronomical Observatory.
The Chinese Delegation with some Colleagues from Space Research Laboratory at the Helwan SLR _Station .
The Chinese Delegation with some Colleagues from Space Research Laboratory in the front of the oldest building at NRIAG, built in 1903.
Prof. Makram Ibrahim
Prof. Makram Ibrahim is currently the Head of Solar and Space Research Department (NRIAG). He received the MSc. in satellite laser ranging at Helwan Observatory (1992) from Zagazig University, Egypt. He has completed his Dr Eng. from Hokkaido University, Japan in the statistical properties of laser speckles with long spatial correlations since 1998. He is a member of the Optical Society of Japan from 1996 to 2001, Member of the International Astronomical Unit (IAU) since 2015, Member of the Committee of Space Research (COSPAR) since 2014, Member of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) since 2000, Member of the ILRS Space Debris Study Group (SDSG) since 2015. He published more than 50 papers in reputed journals and conferences. His Research Interests are Satellite Laser Ranging and their applications, Satellite Tracking Techniques, Space Physics.