The Mohammed VI-B earth observation satellite is ready to go. The French Arianespace satellite launching company will launch it into orbit tomorrow from Kourou, French Guiana.
Rabat- The satellite will weigh about 1,108 kilograms at launch, at 2:42:31 a.m. (GMT+1).
The Guiana Space Center (CSG) will send the satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).
The Mohammed VI-B satellite is capable of taking up to 1,000 images per day with a resolution of up to 70 centimeters and will be circulating in the same orbit as the first satellite, 620 kilometers above the earth.
The satellite will be mainly used for mapping and land surveying and agricultural activities. It will help with “prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance,” states Arianespace.
Named after King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Mohammed VI-B will be the second satellite of Morocco’s Mohammed VI – A and B program to orbit.
Mohammed VI-A was launched in 2017 and cost Morocco €500 million.
The consortium Franco-Italian satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia and the French Airbus Defence & Space agency built the two satellites.