Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 July 2019

UAE satellite launch postponed for second time

Poor weather prompts rescheduling of launch, though the new date is yet to be announced

Engineers stand around the Vega rocket that will launch FalconEye1 into space. Wam
Engineers stand around the Vega rocket that will launch FalconEye1 into space. Wam

The launch of the UAE’s newest satellite has been delayed for a second time over poor weather.

FalconEye1, a reconnaissance satellite, had been due to be launched from Guiana Space Centre on Saturday July 6 but this was postponed because of high winds on the eastern coast of South America.

A new time of 5.53am on Monday was set but, on Sunday, Arianespace, the European company behind the launch, said the poor weather had yet to subside and said this would delay lift-off once more.

“As high-altitude winds above the Guiana Space Center remain unfavorable, Arianespace has taken the decision not to attempt a launch,” a statement from the company said.

It said a new target date would be announced after evaluating weather forecasts for the region.

Upon its launch, Falcon Eye will become the 10th Emirati satellite in orbit. Built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia, the satellite is fitted with a high-definition imaging system that will transmit photographs from around the world for military and civilian use for the next 10 years.

Updated: July 7, 2019 06:48 PM

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