Launch News Vega | Mohammed VI-B | November 21, 2018 01:42:31 UTC


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Quick Facts
  • This will be the 13th Vega Launch from Korou
  • This will be the 9th Launch for Arianespace this Year
  • This will be the 2nd Vega Launch in 2018.
  • The Rocket is made out of 3 solid fuelled stages and1 liquid fuelled upper stage.
  • This will be the 2nd and last Mohammed VI satellite to be launched.

The Mohammed VI satellites are high-resolution optical reconnaissance satellites built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space and will be operated by Morocco. 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.

Mohammed VI B will join Mohammed VI A which launched in November of 2017 with VV11 in a sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 620km.

Before T-0
Time T minus
-9 h 10 min Start of final countdown
-4 h 50 min Removal of safety devices
-4 h 40 min Activation of onboard computer and loading of flight program
-3 h 15 min Mobile gantry withdrawal
-3 h 15 min Activation of transponders and receptors
-50 min Launcher system ready
-10 min Final weather report prior to launch
-04 min Start of synchronized sequence

After T-0
Time T plus
+0 s 1st stage (P80) ignition
+114 s 1st stage (P80) separation
+115 s 2nd stage (Zefiro-23) ignition
+218 s 2nd stage (Zefiro-23) seperation
+230 s 3rd stage (Zefiro-9) ignition
+235 s Fairing separation
+389 s 3rd stage (Zefiro-9) seperation
+480 s 1st ignition of AVUM
+933 s 1st cut-off of AVUM
+3123 s 2nd ignition of AVUM
+3225 s 2nd cut-off of AVUM
+3321 s Separation of the MOHAMMED VI - B satellite
+6633 s 3rd ignition of AVUM
+6690 s 3rd cut-off of AVUM

Launch kit
Press Release

Webcast on November 20, 2018, beginning 20 minutes before liftoff.