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Satellites Mohammed VI A and B: Morocco’s eyes at the service of safety and development

The two Mohammed VI “A” and “B” satellites provided high resolution satellite imagery for ministries and public institutions during 2019. These images covered an area of ​​250,000 km² and allowed for the establishment of more than 370 thematic maps, indicates an official report.

The two Mohammed VI satellites now provide the latest generation of data to government departments and public institutions. This is apparent from the first official report on the balance of the Mohammed VI A and B satellites since they were put into orbit.

Although he failed to identify the military and security details that are considered secrets of National Defense, the report went back to the contribution of the two satellites in the development of civilian sectors, including agricultural development and monitoring of the environmental situation and climate change.

Nano-satellite manufacturing in 2020

This report reveals that Morocco will launch in 2020 a small-scale satellite construction project, including the fabrication of nanosatellites, which will be developed in universities to encourage scientific research and training of executives in the space sector.

The Royal Center for Remote Sensing Space plans to sign several conventions and agreements with the ministerial departments to provide them with very high resolution satellite images able to make high precision maps.

New data available to ministries

In other words, the Center seeks a twofold objective: to contribute to the training of specialized executives who can continue the momentum launched in the field and also enrich the data of the ministerial departments, in particular, and the reinforcement of the capacities in terms of satellite imagery.

Since they went into orbit (November 8, 2017 and November 21, 2018), both satellites have contributed to the development of mapping and several other civilian areas. While making it possible to refine data and topographic surveys, they have made it possible to accurately delineate agricultural land, develop research into water sources and combat desertification.

In terms of infrastructure, the satellite imagery they provided has contributed to a better understanding of the urban perimeters and is now helping to combat the shrinking of agricultural areas and anarchic urbanization. In the field of the environment, the images allow a precise knowledge of the Moroccan littoral as well as a more precise knowledge of the changes of the structure of the marine wealth.

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