UAE Falcon Eye 1 satellite

UAE’s Falcon Eye 1 Satellite Lost In Space After Lift-Off Failure

UAE’s Space Agency claims the Falcon Eye 1 Satellite has been lost in space after experiencing a lift-off failure, due to a lost telemetry link.

Falcon Eye 1 satellite lost in space 

Satellite failures are no joke. An average satellite costs a whopping $400 million. That’s almost $45 million more than it cost to produce ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

UAE Falcon Eye 1 satellite

Photograph credit: Arabian Aerospace

Lift-off failure due to lost telemetry link 

Falcon Eye 1 launched on the Vega Launch vehicle Flight VV15 from the Guiana Space Centre in South America. 

However, minutes after launch, the satellite lost telemetry link with the mission control centre. The telemetry link helps the satellite communicate with the ground station.

Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace says, “A launcher anomaly occurred during Flight #VV15 shortly after ignition of the Zefiro 23 second stage, leading to premature end of the mission. Data analyses are in progress to clarify reasons for this failure. An independent inquiry commission will be set up in the coming hours.”

In fact, the launch was postponed twice due to bad weather. 

Falcon Eye 1 made for UAE’s armed forces

It’s equipped with a high-resolution Imager, HiRI, imaging system with a ground resolution of 70 cm across a 20 km swath, made for the UAE’s armed forces.

UAE is now building the Falcon Eye 2.

UAE Falcon Eye 1 satellite

Photograph credit: Wam