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Space: Morocco N°1 in Africa

Morocco’s successful launch of the “Mohammed VI-B” satellite last week is another demonstration of the progress of the Kingdom’s modernization process, where the pace of technological development is steadily accelerating.

The “Mohammed VI-B” satellite will notably be used for cartographic and cadastral activities, regional planning, monitoring of agricultural activities, prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring of environmental trends and desertification as well as than the surveillance of the borders and coastline.

The launch of the “Mohammed VI-B” satellite comes a year after the launch of the “Mohammed VI-A” satellite, noting that these satellites, equiped with advanced technologies, enable Morocco to have access to new technologies for Earth observation uses.

The Kingdom has embarked on a major modernization project, notably through the development of renewable energies, particularly wind and solar energy, and the commissioning of the high-speed train “Al Boraq” connecting Tangier and Casablanca, the first of its kind on the African continent, and the launch of the “Mohammed VI-B” satellite emphasizing the advantages and applications of these two satellites together and their contribution to the development of different strategic sectors of Morocco.

The “Mohammed VI-B” satellite was successfully launched by Arianespace via its Vega launcher from the Kourou base in French Guiana.

The launch of the “Mohammed VI-B” satellite is the ninth at which Arianespace is proceeding this year and the thirteenth with the Vega launcher since the beginning of its operation at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in 2012.

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