UAE set to launch Falcon Eye satellite into orbit

Falcon Eye 1 will be the fourth reconnaissance satellite by the UAE when it launches on July 6 from the French Guiana Space Centre
UAE set to launch Falcon Eye satellite into orbit
By Sam Bridge
Thu 27 Jun 2019 02:16 PM

The UAE said on Thursday it will launch the Falcon Eye 1 satellite into orbit on Saturday July 6 at the French Guiana Space Centre.

Falcon Eye 1 will be the fourth reconnaissance satellite launched by the UAE, bringing the total number to 10 satellites in orbit, state news agency WAM reported.

It added that the UAE plans to have 12 satellites in orbit by 2020.

The UAE satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia. Falcon Eye 1 feature a high-resolution imager with a ground resolution of 70 cm across a 20 km swath.

The satellite weighs less than 1,500kg and will be launched via a Vega rocket by Arianespace.

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