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Falcon Eye 2

Launch Time
NET April, 2020
Flight VS-24.


Soyuz ST-A/Fregat-M
Status: Active
Liftoff Thrust: 4,150 kN
Payload to GTO: 2,810 kg
Stages: 4
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 46.2 m
Fairing Diameter: 4.11 m
Fairing Height: 11.4 m

Mission Details

Falcon Eye 2

United Arab Emirates Armed Forces on July 22 2018 contracted with Astrium Satellites and Thales Alenia Space of France to provide Falcon Eye high-resolution optical reconnaissance system. The satellites are based on the upgraded versions of the French Pléiades-HR earth observation satellites. It will feature the HiRI (High-Resolution Imager) imaging system with a ground resolution of 70 cm across a 20 km swath. The satellite was originally scheduled to liftoff on an Italian Vega, but the failure of the Falcon Eye mission led that the flight was transferred to a French Soyuz.
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,197 kg
Low Earth Orbit


ELS, Guyana Space Centre, French Guiana, France