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Morocco

  • André SiebritsEmail author
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Part of the Southern Space Studies book series (SOSPST)

Abstract

Morocco is one of the leading emerging space actors in North Africa, with three satellites placed in orbit since 2001. Two of these, the pair of Mohammed VI satellites, were launched since 2017 to strengthen the country’s Earth observation efforts. Morocco has also historically been one of the most active African states in the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is the only one thus far on the continent to ratify all five core outer space treaties. This chapter will explore the background and context in which these space activities are taking place, the regulatory and policy aspects of core concern for the space sector, the Royal Centre for Remote Sensing and national space activities and infrastructure, as well as vital international relationships in relation to space. The analysis reveals that Morocco has a clear and robust space posture that focuses on remote sensing in particular to support national development objectives, and a clear upward trajectory is visible as the country ramps up its space-related capabilities and involvement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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