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Falcon Eye 1 satellite launch delayed

The UAE’s newest satellite launch has been delayed due to adverse weather conditions. A new launch date of Monday, July 8 at 5.53am UAE time has been set.

The Arena Space company has decided to delay the launch of satellite Falcon Eye 1 due to bad weather conditions, and high winds over the French Guiana Space Centre on the north Atlantic coast of South America, until Monday, July 8 at 05:53:03 am UAE time.

The satellite, manufactured in Toulouse, France, arrived in Guiana on Monday.

The satellite, which will become the UAE’s 10th in orbit, will provide images of the earth for military and civilian use for the next 10 years to “strengthen national security”.

It has a high-definition imaging system and a mobile station capable of sending and receiving images from any region around the world.

If the launch goes according to schedule, it may be watched live on the Arianespace website or YouTube. The stream will begin 15 minutes before lift-off.