Vega flight VV13


Vega flight VV13
A Vega launch vehicle and the Mohammed VI-B satellite depicted in front of the Earth eclipsing the Sun. The boundaries of Morocco (including disputed Western Sahara) as well as French Guiana are highlighted.
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Launch21 November 2018 (2018-11-21), 01:42:31 UTC
PadKourou ELV
  • Mohammed VI-B
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Vega flight VV13 was the launch of the Mohammed VI-B satellite by the 13th Vega launcher.[1]


The payload, composed of the Mohammed VI-B satellite, its adapter, and its dispenser, was approximately 1,184 kilograms (2,610 lb) in total mass.[1]

Mohammed VI-B, similar to the Mohammed VI-A satellite launched a year before onboard Vega flight VV11, is a dual-use high-resolution electro-optical Earth observation satellite of the Kingdom of Morocco. It had a launch mass of 1,108 kilograms (2,443 lb). It was deployed 55 minutes and 21 seconds after launch into an undisclosed sun-synchronous orbit,[2] later known from its orbital elements to be phased with Mohammed VI-A, also with a mean local time of the ascending node of 10:30 and an altitude of roughly 640 km.[3]

It was the 67th Earth observation, Thales Alenia Space's 155th, and Airbus Defence and Space's 123rd satellite launched by Arianespace.[1]


The launch occurred from the ELV launch pad at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, on 21 November 2018 at 01:42:31 UTC (20 November 2018 at 22:42:31 local time). It was the 302nd Arianespace mission (the 9th in 2018), and the 13th successful Vega launch (the 2nd in 2018).[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Flight VV13: Arianespace orbits the MOHAMMED VI – B satellite on 13th successful Vega launch in a row". Arianespace. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Vega flight VV13 launch kit" (PDF). Arianespace. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  3. ^ "2018-095A Two Lines Element". Celestrack. Retrieved 12 June 2020.

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