Morocco to launch new satellite

Rabat: Morocco will launch a new satellite Mohammed VI-B on November 21, according to a report by Moroccan news agency MAP.

The earth observation satellite has been developed by the consortium Thales Alenia Space as part of a space programme decided by Moroccan King Mohammed VI and will be put into orbit by rocket Vega from the Guiana Space Centre.

This is the second satellite of the Mohammed VI-A and B programme, the Mohammed VI-A satellite having been launched by Arianespace in November last year.

Both the satellites will be complementary and will ensure faster coverage of areas of interest.

The Mohammed VI-B satellite will be used for cartographic and cadastral activities, spatial planning, monitoring of agricultural activities, prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring of environmental developments and desertification, the report said.