Author Topic: LIVE: Vega flight VV11 - Mohammed VI-A (MN35-A) - November 8, 2017 (01:42 UTC)  (Read 9430 times)

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4447
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 3013
  • Likes Given: 997
Thread for Vega launch VV11, of the Moroccan Government’s MN35-13 Earth observation satellite.

Quote
Rather "sneaky" delivery of MN35-13 for Moroccan gov. by AN-124 at 01:00 early Friday in Cayenne, for #Vega #VV11

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911569810856824832
« Last Edit: 11/07/2017 11:04 AM by Galactic Penguin SST »

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4447
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 3013
  • Likes Given: 997
Quote
Small update on the Moroccan gov. payload for #Vega #VV11 launch, the name has been changed and is now called MN35-A

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911699511889858560

Offline bolun

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2592
  • Europe
  • Liked: 189
  • Likes Given: 67
http://www.csgpreparationlancement.com/vega/vol-vega-11-campagne-lancee/

The four stages of the rocket have been transferred to ZLV

Offline bolun

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2592
  • Europe
  • Liked: 189
  • Likes Given: 67

Offline calapine

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 159
  • Linz, Austria
  • Liked: 120
  • Likes Given: 81
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/925350140860403714

Quote
After yrs of redacting it, @ArianeGroup @Arianespace names 1,110-kg Mohammed VI-A high-res optical recon sat for Morocco. Launch Nov 7.

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4447
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 3013
  • Likes Given: 997
Here's the press release:

Quote
Vega   October 31, 2017
VV11: Vega to launch an Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco

 For its 10th launch of the year, and the 11th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012, Arianespace will orbit the MOHAMMED VI – A satellite.

This Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco was developed by a consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime.

Flight VV11 marks the eighth Earth observation mission for Vega, a versatile light launcher.

The liftoff will be from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana (South America).

The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on Monday, November 6, 2017 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown.

The MOHAMMED VI – A satellite is an Earth observation satellite built for the Kingdom of Morocco by Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime.

The MOHAMMED VI – A satellite 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.

Thales Alenia Space, as system prime contractor, supplied the payload, including the optical instrument, the image transmission subsystem, and the ground segment for image processing and production. Airbus, as satellite prime contractor, was in charge of its integration, as well as supplying the platform and the ground segment for mission planning and satellite control.

For further information, download the Launch Kit by clicking here: http://www.arianespace.com/press-kits/

To watch a live, high-speed online transmission of the launch (including commentary from the launch site in French and English), go to arianespace.com on November 7, 2017 starting 15 minutes before liftoff.

You also can follow the launch live on your iPhone or iPad (the Arianespace HD app is free).

http://www.arianespace.com/press-release/vv11-vega-to-launch-an-earth-observation-satellite-for-the-kingdom-of-morocco/

Edit to add: presskit
« Last Edit: 10/31/2017 01:09 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4447
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 3013
  • Likes Given: 997


Offline Lewis007

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1193
  • the Netherlands
  • Liked: 170
  • Likes Given: 83
CSG launch sticker


Offline Lewis007

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1193
  • the Netherlands
  • Liked: 170
  • Likes Given: 83
Logos have been placed on the rocket fairing
source: CSG facebook

Offline Mike Jones

  • Member
  • Posts: 94
  • Latvia
  • Liked: 28
  • Likes Given: 2
Still the old Arianespace logo on this fairing. Surprising as the new logo was unveiled 6 months ago.

Offline russianhalo117

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3862
  • AR USA / Berlin, DE / Moscow, RF
  • Liked: 754
  • Likes Given: 463
Still the old Arianespace logo on this fairing. Surprising as the new logo was unveiled 6 months ago.
Either it was applied ages ago or they have a backlog of old decals to use up first.

Offline bolun

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2592
  • Europe
  • Liked: 189
  • Likes Given: 67

Offline gosnold

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 414
  • Liked: 111
  • Likes Given: 892
The designation Mohamed VI-A and the two stars on orbit in the logo make it almost certain that this is only the first of a 2-sat constellation, like Pleaides. Or at least that's what they want us to believe.

Offline russianhalo117

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3862
  • AR USA / Berlin, DE / Moscow, RF
  • Liked: 754
  • Likes Given: 463
The designation Mohamed VI-A and the two stars on orbit in the logo make it almost certain that this is only the first of a 2-sat constellation, like Pleaides. Or at least that's what they want us to believe.

Its Sibling:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=6114.msg1746057#msg1746057
Quote
Planned launches
Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)

2018
TBD - Mohammed VI-B (MN35-B, Morocco EO Sat 2) - Vega / Soyuz-ST-A/Fregat-M - Kourou
« Last Edit: 11/07/2017 02:23 PM by russianhalo117 »

Offline FutureSpaceTourist

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4447
  • UK
    • Plan 28
  • Liked: 3013
  • Likes Given: 997
Quote
All clear! Launch readiness review has authorized #Vega Flight #VV11 for its November 7 liftoff at 10:42:31 p.m. local time in French Guiana

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/927576262209613824

Offline bolun

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2592
  • Europe
  • Liked: 189
  • Likes Given: 67
Are there pictures of the satellite?

Online Galactic Penguin SST

Moved for live coverage.
Chinese spaceflight is a cosmic riddle wrapped in a galactic mystery inside an orbital enigma... - (not) Winston Churchill

Online jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 16741
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 2362
  • Likes Given: 158

Offline edkyle99

  • Expert
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12849
    • Space Launch Report
  • Liked: 3607
  • Likes Given: 617
This satellite is named in honor of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
http://www.maroc.ma/en/content/biography-hm-king-mohammed-vi
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/11/232697/king-mohammed-vi-reconnaissance-satellite-morocco-socio-economic-development/
The history of Western Sahara, partially occupied by Morocco and partly by separatists backed by Algeria (I think), is the background for the quoted RFI statement that "the Moroccan satellite will make Algeria “go crazy.”".

 - Ed Kyle
« Last Edit: 11/07/2017 02:25 PM by edkyle99 »

Tags: