The launch of Morocco’s second satellite, Mohammed VI-B, was at the heart of the government council chaired by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani on Thursday.
Rabat – El Othmani said that the Mohammed VI B satellite, which was launched on Tuesday night, is a “Moroccan achievement to be proud of.”
He added that the satellite will provide information related to national security. Morocco, El Othmani stressed, seeks to maintain an independent approach information obtention and monitoring.
“Mohammed VI-b satellite would provide pure Moroccan information that belongs to Moroccans and will not be acquired from others,” El Othmani said.
The satellite separated from its airspace VEGA rocket at 2:42 a.m. Moroccan time on Tuesday night from the spaceport in French Guiana.
Like Morocco’s first satellite (Mohammed VI-A), the satellite will be used for mapping and agricultural monitoring.
The satellite will also help Morocco to have a better surveillance over its territory.
The new satellite is set to be complementary to Mohammed VI-A and will enable faster surveillance coverage.
During the government council, El Othmani also commented on the launch of Morocco’s high speed train (LGV).
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Referring to the the LGV’s affordable prices, El Othmani said that the high speed train is an “important technological achievement that will have a great impact on development, because it facilitates travel not only for businessmen and investors, but also for the public.” .
According to El Othmani, the launch of the LGV is “the beginning of further technological development in the field of transportation within the country.”
“We can cherish these achievements and learn more, because Morocco, thank God, has taken its technological path, and the many prizes that a number of Moroccans receive in international competitions,” he said.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated Africa’s first LGV with French President Emmanuel Macron on November 15.
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