Satellite

Falcon Eye 1 satellite launch postponed

"As high-altitude winds above the Guiana Space Center remain unfavourable, Arianespace has taken the decision not to attempt a launch on Sunday, July 7, 2019 [Monday in UAE],” the spaceport said in a statement.

The Monday launch of the UAE’s reconnaissance satellite Falcon Eye 1 has been pushed back once again due to high-altitude winds in French Guiana, Arianespace has announced.

The UAE’s fourth reconnaissance satellite was first set for its launch to space on Saturday at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.

However, due to bad weather conditions, the launch was pushed back to Monday at 5.53am UAE time.

Weather conditions remained a challenge for the launch on Monday, however.

“As high-altitude winds above the Guiana Space Center remain unfavourable, Arianespace has taken the decision not to attempt a launch on Sunday, July 7, 2019 [Monday in UAE]. The new target date will be announced as soon as possible based on the evolution of weather conditions,” the spaceport said in a statement on Twitter.

“The Vega launch vehicle and its Falcon Eye 1 spacecraft payload are in stable and safe conditions.” Winds coming from the East-southeast blew at 4km/h with gusts of 11km/h on Sunday night in French Guiana, according to Accuweather.

Flight VV15 with its payload the Falcon Eye 1 satellite will be rescheduled as soon as favourable weather is seen.

The Falcon Eye 1 satellite is a high-performance optical Earth-observation satellite system for the Armed Forces of the UAE (UAEAF) manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space as prime contractor and Thales Alenia Space as co-prime.

A second satellite, the Falcon Eye 2, is scheduled for launch this year. Both satellites are in Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).

Airbus Defence and Space was in charge of the satellite design, integration and tests, and supplied the platform.