The Mohammed VI-B satellite was successfully launched Tuesday 21 November from the Kourou space base in French Guiana, according to the television footage broadcast live from the Moroccan capital Rabat.The satellite, which falls within the framework of the space programme decided by King Mohammed VI, is a civilian satellite piloted from Morocco and equipped with a high-tech definition and able to take in less than 24 hours shots with a resolution of up to 70 cm.
Meant for civilian purposes, the Mohammed VI-B Satellite, launched around a year after the launch on 8 November, 2017 of the Mohammed VI-A Satellite, will notably be used for cartographic and cadastral activities, regional planning, the monitoring of agricultural activities, the prevention and management of natural disasters and the monitoring of environmental trends and desertification.
The Mohammed VI-B Satellite will be complementary to Morocco’s first satellite, Mohammed VI-A, to enable “faster coverage of areas of interest.”
Morocco’s satellite project is the outcome of “serious and exemplary” cooperation between Morocco and France, said Karim Tajmouti, the Director General of the National Agency for Land Tenure and Cartography.
The satellite was designed by the Franco-Italian consortium Thales Alenia Space as agent and the French Airbus Defense & Space, who are also the project’s contractors.
Launched by a rocket of the Italian specialist Vega, it also allows a better observation of the territory, in terms of environmental monitoring, control and anticipation of forest fires, management of forest resources and water prospecting, urban expansion, and development of road and railways.
Weighing about 1110 kilogrammes, the new monitoring tool will be placed in the same orbit as the first device at nearly 700 kilometers above the earth.