National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, NARSS - Egypt


Address: 23 Joseph Tito Street, El-Nozha El-Gedida, (P.O. Box : 1564 Alf Maskan), Cairo, Egypt

Tel: (202)26251238, (202)26251202, (202)26251203



National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) is the pioneering Egyptian institution in the field of satellite remote sensing. NARSS is an outgrowth of a Remote Sensing Center, established in 1971 as an American-Egyptian joint project that was affiliated with the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.

In 1994 the Authority was established as an organization under the State Ministry of Scientific Research to promote the use of state of the art space technology for the development of the country and introducing High Tech capabilities in regional planning and other applications.

NARSS includes two major sectors: Remote Sensing and Space Sciences. The sector of remote sensing works on the use of data provided by earth observation satellites and various airborne sensors to produce maps and spatial data for the evaluation and monitoring of natural resources, natural hazards and environmental management. The sector of space sciences is concerned with the development of sensors for earth observation to be mounted on satellites and with all the problems involved with monitoring communication with satellites and retrieving the information for processing, and ultimately on launching an Egyptian remote sensing satellite.

Role and Involvement in the Project

NARSS participates in all Workpackages and has an important role to play in project implementation including the diagnosis studies, application indicators, the pilot case study, organization of workshops and training programmes and other diffusion activities.

 Local-Sats project is very important not only for NARSS organization but also for Egypt. Geospatial technology is a broad field, it covers mapping and surveying techniques, remote sensing, photogrammetry, cartography, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This powerful technique has a unique ability for the acquisition, integration and analysis of geographically referenced spatial information, and it has long been used as an effective tool for planning, management and decision making locally and globally.

 Regarding us, the geospatial technology is expected to raise awareness among the stakeholders and encourage the use of geospatial technologies to achieve a better information generation and decision making, increase the capacity building, coordinate the development of national policies, standards and mechanisms and to ensure maintenance and update of geospatial data and compatibility with global standards.

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