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Mohammed VI A, B (MN35-13)

Mohammed VI A [Astrium]

Morocco contracted with Astrium Satellites and Thales Alenia Space of France to provide a high-resolution optical reconnaissance system. A name has not yet been published, but the mission is referred by the internal designation "MN35-13". Shortly before launch of the fist satellite, they were named Mohammed VI A and B.

The satellites will be in particular used for mapping and land surveying activities, regional development, agricultural monitoring, the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance.

The satellites are likely based on the upgraded versions of the French Pléiades-HR earth observation satellites, similar to the UAE's Falcon Eye satellites.

Nation: Morocco
Type / Application: Reconnaissance, optical
Operator: Kingdom of Morocco
Contractors: EADS Astrium → Airbus Defence and Space (prime), Thales Alenia (payload)
Equipment:
Configuration: AstroSat-1000
Propulsion: 4 × 15 Nms hydrazine thrusters
Power: 3 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 1110 kg
Orbit: 620 km × 622 km, 98.0° (#A)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Mohammed VI A (MN35-13A) 2017-070A 08.11.2017 Ko ELV Vega
Mohammed VI B (MN35-13B) - 2018 Ko ELV Vega or Soyuz-ST-A Fregat-M