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Morocco launches its Second High Resolution Earth Observation Satellite


The Kingdom of Morocco succesfully launched its second high-resolution Earth-observation satellite, Mohammed VI-B, on Wednesday, November 21 by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center, in the French Guiana (South America).

This second satellite will be used mainly for civil purposes including mapping, agricultural monitoring, natural disaster management, and border as well as coastal surveillance.

The Mohammed VI-B satellite was developed by a consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space and Airbus. It joins the MOHAMMED VI - A satellite, which was orbited by Arianespace on November 7, 2017.

Thales Alenia Space, as system prime contractor, supplied the payload, including the optical instrument, the image transmission subsystem and the ground segment for image processing and production. Airbus, as satellite prime contractor, was in charge of its integration, as well as supplying the platform and the ground segment for mission planning and satellite control.

The two satellites are part of an ambitious space program initiated by HM the King of Morocco in 2013. They are complementary and will be managed by Moroccan engineers and other technical personnel trained for this purpose.

The launching of this second satellite comes at a special moment, just few days after the inauguration of the first High Speed Train in the MENA region: a clear reflection of the Kingdom's ambition for boosting its Modern and Advanced technologies.