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Vega launches Moroccan imaging satellite
Posted: Fri, Nov 23, 2018, 9:10 AM ET (1410 GMT)
Vega launch of Mohammed-6B imaging satellite (Arianespace) A Vega rocket launched an Earth imaging satellite for the Moroccan government Tuesday night. The Vega lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, at 8:42 pm EST (0142 GMT Wednesday) and deployed the Mohammad 6-B satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit nearly an hour later. The 1,100-kilogram satellite, built by Airbus Defence and Space with an imaging payload provided by Thales Alenia Space, will join an existing satellite to provide land mapping, natural-disaster prevention and management, environmental monitoring and border surveillance for the government of Morocco. The launch was the 13th for the Vega, with the next flight of the small launch vehicle expected in early 2019.
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