Vega flight VV11


Vega flight VV11
A Vega launch vehicle and the Mohammed VI-A satellite depicted in front of the Earth eclipsing the Sun.
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Launch8 November 2017 (2017-11-08), 01:42:31 UTC
PadKourou ELV
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Vega flight VV11 was the launch of the Mohammed VI-A satellite by the 11th Vega launcher.[1]


The payload, composed of the Mohammed VI-A satellite, its adapter, and its dispenser, was approximately 1,190 kilograms (2,620 lb) in total mass.[2]

Mohammed VI-A is a dual-use high-resolution electro-optical Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco. It had a launch mass of 1,110 kilograms (2,450 lb). It was deployed 55 minutes and 33 seconds after launch into an undisclosed sun-synchronous orbit,[3] later known from its orbital elements to have a mean local time of the ascending node of 10:30 and an altitude of roughly 640 km.[4]

It was the 64th Earth observation satellite launched by Arianespace.[2]

Mohammed VI-A was joined in orbit a year later by Mohammed VI-B, launched by Vega flight VV13.


The launch occurred from the ELV launch pad at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on 8 November 2017 at 01:42:31 UTC (7 November 2017 at 22:42:31 local time). It was the 293rd Arianespace mission (the 10th in 2017), and the 11th successful Vega launch (the 3rd in 2017).[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Vega VV11". Spaceflight101. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Flight VV11: Arianespace orbits the "Mohammed VI – A" satellite developed by Thales Alenia Space and Airbus for the Kingdom of Morocco; marking the 11th Vega success in a row". Arianespace. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Vega flight VV11 launch kit" (PDF). Arianespace. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. ^ "2017-070A Two Lines Element". Celestrack. Retrieved 11 June 2020.

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