Morocco Launches First Surveillance Satellite

Morocco Launches First Surveillance Satellite

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Morocco launched its first observation satellite, which will be used for military activities, border and coastline surveillance, and monitoring desertification.

The Mohammed VI-A satellite was launched from Kourou, French Guiana, on November 8, 2017. It will be piloted from an operating center near Morocco’s capital, Rabat.

The launch service provider Arianespace says the satellite will be used for mapping, spatial planning, agricultural monitoring, natural disaster management and environmental development monitoring.

Airbus Defense & Space and Thales Alenia Space built the satellite. A second launch was planned for 2018. The project cost has not been disclosed.

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