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Morocco launches its second satellite on November 21

Arianespace will put into orbit the Mohammed VI – B satellite on behalf of Morocco on November 21, 2018, at 2:42 am (Moroccan time), Arianespace announced in a statement released on Tuesday. The launch will be made from the Vega Launch Site (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana.

“This Earth observation satellite was developed by the consortium Thales Alenia Space as an agent and Airbus as co-prime contractor. Weighing about 1110 kilograms, the satellite was launched by a rocket of Italian specialist Vega, from the Kourou base in French Guiana.

The Mohammed VI – A satellite was launched by Arianespace on November 7, 2017 aboard the light launcher Vega, the MOHAMMED VI – B satellite will be used officially for cartographic and cadastral activities, land use planning, monitoring of agricultural activities, prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring of environmental trends and desertification, and border and coastal surveillance. The two Mohammed VI – A & B satellites will be complementary and will ensure faster coverage of areas of interest, notes the statement.

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