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Arianespace Vega ready for Mohammed VI-B launch

20 Nov 2018, 21:22 UTC
Arianespace Vega ready for Mohammed VI-B launch
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Arianespace’s Vega rocket will launch the second Moroccan remote-sensing satellite, Mohammed VI-B (MN35-B) 0 building on the footsteps of its twin MN35-A launched also by Vega just over one year ago. Launch is scheduled for 01:42 (UTC) on Wednesday from the European Spaceport in French Guiana.

The MOHAMMED VI – B satellite is the 155th satellite built by Thales Alenia Space to be launched by Arianespace, which has 11 more satellites from this manufacturer in its order book.
It also will be the 123rd Airbus satellite to be orbited by Arianespace, which currently has 20 additional Airbus satellites in its backlog.
Produced by Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime, the MOHAMMED VI ‐ B satellite has an estimated liftoff mass of 1,108 kg. and will be deployed into a Sun-synchronous orbit.
Once in orbit, it will be used primarily for mapping and land surveying activities, regional development, agricultural monitoring, the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance.
The Mohammed VI-B satellite
It is the second satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco’s MOHAMMED VI ‐ A & B program, following Arianespace’s Vega launch ...

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