(MENAFN - Morocco World News) Rabat – Morocco's first Earth observation satellite, named "Mohammed VI-A," is counting down to lift off from the Vega Launch Complex in Kourou, French Guiana Space Center, announced French space-launch systems company Arianespace.
The high-resolution reconnaissance satellite, named after the Moroccan king, will ride the Vega booster into orbit at 01:42:31 (Moroccan time), Wednesday, November 8.
The images of the different phases of this mission (from take-off to separation from the satellite) will be broadcast instantly on the site spaceflightnow.
According to the Space Flight Now, the separation of the Mohammed VI-A satellite is scheduled for 55 minutes, 33 seconds after liftoff.
The same source added that "a second spacecraft, presumably named Mohammed VI-B, will launch on a Vega rocket from French Guiana next year."
The launch of the satellite is a significant event for Morocco, making the kingdom third African country with a reconnaissance satellite after Egypt and South Africa.