Named after the Moroccan king, the Mohammed Vi-A optical imaging spacecraft has launched by Arianespace’s Vega rocket from the European spaceport situated in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite was launched on Tuesday at 8:42 pm EST.
With this 11th success for Vega since 2012, Arianespace continues to demonstrate the exceptional reliability of its light launcher and its perfect adaptation to the needs of institutional and commercial customers
The satellite developed by Thales Alenia Space for the Morocco Kingdom and it weigh around 1,110 Kg. As per the information given by Arianespace, the satellite will help in various fields like activities relating to mapping and survey of land, in the field of regional development work, monitoring agricultural operations, management of the natural disaster, monitoring changing the environment, and will help in surveillance work at the border and coastal areas.
On this occasion, Luce Fabreguettes, executive vice president for missions, operations and purchasing at Arianespace, the French company that oversees Vega missions said “Arianespace is delighted to confirm that the Mohammed VI-A satellite successfully separated in its targeted sun-synchronous orbit,” He further stated “This is the third successful launch for Vega this year and its 11th success for clients and partners since the launch vehicle began its career at the Guiana Space Center.”
Giulio Ranzo, CEO of Avio, the Italian lead contractor on the Vega rocket program “Vega has kept up its track record of consecutive successes,” adding more to it he said “We are proud to have helped to open up access to space for a new country: the Kingdom of Morocco. This achievement underlines the effectiveness of our partnership with Arianespace and our European industrial partners.”
As per the report, this is the first of two Mohammed VI satellite. The second satellite expected to be named as Mohammed VI-B and will be launched from French Guiana in 2018 by a Vega rocket.