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The Egyptian satellite EgyptSat-A, which is owned by Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences and built by RSC Energia, a Moscow-based aerospace contractor, was launched from the Baikonur launch site on February 21, 2019. It has both scientific and military implications. The satellite is priced at about $100 million apiece and weighs more than a tonne when fully fueled. The Soyuz-2 rockets are modernised vehicles based on the Soyuz-U and its predecessors, with digital flight controls and upgraded engines.