Bad weather strikes again to delay launch of UAE satellite

Falcon Eye 1 satellite launch suffers second delay amid unfavourable weather conditions
Bad weather strikes again to delay launch of UAE satellite
By Sam Bridge
Mon 08 Jul 2019 01:59 PM

The launch of the UAE's satellite Falcon Eye 1 has been delayed for a second time due to unfavourable weather conditions.

The Arena Space Company said it has decided to postpone the launch of Falcon Eye 1 to "a date to be determined later" after cancelling Monday's planned take-off.

The decision was taken amid high winds over the French Guiana Space Centre on the north Atlantic coast of South America, state news agency WAM reported.

The launch was initially planned for Saturday but had been postponed by 48 hours due to bad weather.

The satellite is designed to provide global coverage for the next 10 years for military and civilian use and is characterised by a high-definition imaging system and accuracy.

It also has a mobile station capable of sending and receiving images from any region in the world.

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

The UAE plans to have 12 satellites in orbit by 2020.

The UAE satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia and weighs less than 1,500kg and will be launched via a Vega rocket by Arianespace.

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