The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.
MisrSat-2 is an Earth observation satellite for the Egyptian Space Agency built by China, with participation from Egyptian engineers and scientists offering opportunity to acquire on-the-project experience in satellite design and integration from China, using facilities available in Egypt. Also riding on this launch is Starpool-02A/B, multi-purpose communication, remote sensing and navigation enhancement satellites from Beijing based ELLIPSPACE.