New UAE Hope probe launch date set between July 20 and 22

 khaleejtimes.com  07/16/2020 09:14:54  3  Anjana Sankar /Dubai
UAE Hope Probe, UAE

The UAE's Hope probe to Mars will be launched between July 20 and 22, the government authorities have announced.

The Mars mission was postponed twice due to foul weather at Tanegashima island in Japan from where the lift off is planned. (Complete coverage of UAE's mission to Mars)

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Due to the "persistence of thunderstorms, cumulative clouds and unstable weather conditions in the coming days on Tanegashima Island," which is the launch site for the missile that will carry the Hope probe, it has been decided that the launch of the mission will be between 20 and 22 July, 2020 depending on the improvement of the atmosphere, the UAE Space Agency and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre announce on Twitter.

.@UAESpaceAgency and @MBRSpaceCentre announce the new launch date for the #UAE Mars Hope Probe is estimated to fall between July 20 and 22, depending on improved weather conditions. The launch time will be disclosed at a later time.

- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 16, 2020

The new launch time will be announced depending on the weather conditions, read the tweet.

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After a 48-hour delay from the original liftoff time and date of 12.51am on July 15, the probe was to have taken off at 12.43am on July 17 from the Tanegashima Space Centre.

The Emirates Mars Mission has a launch window that extends to August 3, 2020. A top official had on Tuesday said that the revised liftoff date of July 17 was also subject to another delay if weather conditions remained unstable.

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"Is there a chance for further delay? Yes, there is always a chance," Omran Sharaf, project director of the Emirates Mars Mission, said during a virtual briefing.

Weather plays a central role in ensuring a safe rocket launch to space due to its impact on the upper atmosphere.

Japan has been reeling under devastating rains and flooding, mainly in the southwestern-most island of Kyushu. According to weather forecasts, heavy rainstorms are expected to continue in southern and central Japan.

Anjana Sankar

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