New launch date for UAE’s Falcon Eye 1 satellite
Due to launch at the beginning of July, the UAE’s new satellite was delayed again this week as a result of poor weather conditions, but a new date has been set for today (Thursday July 11).
High winds on South America’s eastern coast prevented the launch of the Falcon Eye 1 reconnaissance satellite on Saturday, and although it was brought forward to Monday, the weather remained poor and blast-off was postponed again.
However, since conditions have improved, we can expect the Falcon Eye 1 to take off today. Once launched, it will become the tenth Emirati satellite in space. The first UAE satellite, KhalifaSat launched in September 2018.
Falcon Eye 1 will transmit high-definition images from across the globe for both civilian and military use over the next ten years. Is it ready for lift-off? Let’s hope the good weather continues and the newest Emirati satellite can finally launch. We’re counting down...
By Martha Davies