Egypt's first ever communications satellite TIBA 1 is launched by Arianespace on a Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Centre.
Arianespace successfully launches the European Space Agency's CHEOPS space telescope from Guiana Space Centre. The European observatory will search for new exoplanets and will be able to study an exoplanet's composition and internal structure. The launch also included OPS-SAT, an ESA CubeSat.
Arianespace launches the European Space Agency–Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency probe "BepiColombo" from Guiana Space Centre as it begins a 7-year journey to Mercury. It is the final mission of the Horizon 2000+ program.
Egypt announces that the Rafah Crossing into Gaza will be opened for four days starting next Saturday. Egypt usually opens the border for humanitarian reasons every two or three months for two or three days at a time.