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.
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.