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Arianespace: a Moroccan satellite launched -VIDEO

Kourou, French Guyana - Mohammed VI-A for the Earth observation, realized by Thales Alenia Space and Airbus for Morocco

Arianespace has successfully launched the MOHAMMED VI – A satellite dedicated for Earth observation for the Kingdom of Morocco. The satellite was developed by the consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space as system prime-contractor and Airbus as co-prime. The launch took place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10:42:31 pm (local time) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana (South America). With this 11th success for Vega since 2012, Arianespace continues to demonstrate the reliability of its light launcher and its adaptation to the needs of institutional and commercial customers. The Vega launcher carried out its eighth launch of an Earth observation satellite. The MOHAMMED VI – A satellite will be used in particular for mapping and land surveying activities, regional development, agricultural monitoring, the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification. Thales Alenia Space, as system prime-contractor, supplied the payload, including the optical instrument, the image transmission subsystem, and the ground segment for image processing and production. Airbus, as satellite prime-contractor, was in charge of its integration, as well as supplying the platform and the ground segment for mission planning and satellite control. Including this latest mission, Arianespace has now orbited 64 Earth observation satellites for both government and commercial customers, in particular the European Copernicus program and the Eumetsat operator of meteorological satellites. Vega at a glance: – 2012: first launch from CSG; – 11 launches, all successful, including eight for Earth observation satellites; – 26 satellites launched (13 for Earth observation, 11 for technology applications, and two for scientific missions); – 11.3 metric tons orbited; – six launches in the order book (all for Earth observation). As the 11th consecutive success for Vega, Flight VV11 also is the 10th Arianespace launch since the beginning of 2017 and the third launch of Vega during the same period. It also marks the second Vega mission by Arianespace using a new operational organization in conjunction with its partner Avio, industrial prime-contractor for Vega. Avio now assumes responsibility for preparing the launcher until its liftoff (H0), while Arianespace maintains full responsibility for customer relations, as well as final countdown operations and the launch decision. Arianespace now has a backlog of nine missions for Vega and Vega C; one-third are for European institutions and two-thirds are for export customers, clearly confirming the validity of its launch services offering for satellites in the under 1.5-metric-ton class. The MOHAMMED VI – A satellite separated from the launcher 55 minutes and 33 seconds after liftoff, and was placed in a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). It weighed 1,110 kg. at launch. Below, the video about the launch:

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