Video: UAE's Falcon Eye 1 lost in space after rocket failure  07/11/2019 05:32:16  4  Sarwat Nasir

Video: UAE's Falcon Eye 1 lost in space after rocket failure

Sarwat Nasir

Filed on July 11, 2019 | Last updated on July 11, 2019 at 07.45 am
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UAE's Falcon Eye 1 satellite has been lost in space after the rocket that was launching it experienced a failure.

The UAE Space Agency was using the launch services of a company called Arianespace and their rocket, Vega, to send off Falcon Eye 1 to orbit from the Guiana Space Centre at 5.53am, UAE time.

However, within six minutes into the launch, there were reports of loss of the telemetry link - which is a connection between the launcher and mission control. Shortly after, Arianespace announced that the mission was lost.

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.

- Stphane Isral (@arianespaceceo) July 11, 2019

This was the 15th launch by the Vega rocket and it's second launch this year.

At 6.10 minutes into the launch, the ground mission controller said: "We've been informed that we've lost telemetry. A slight telemetry lost. Flight director has informed us we've lost the link for telemetry."

At 9.09 minutes, an Arianespace spokesperson said: "Ladies and gentlemen, as you have seen after two minutes of the launch, a major anomaly occurred, resulting in the loss of the mission. On behalf of Arianespace, I wish to express our deepest apologies to our customers for the loss of their payload and tell them how sorry I am. In the coming hours, we will get more information."

Falcon Eye 1 was built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia. It featured a high-resolution Imager, HiRI, imaging system with a ground resolution of 70 cm across a 20 km swath. It was built for the use of the UAE Armed Forces.

The launch of the satellite was postponed twice due to "bad weather". It was initially supposed to launch on July 6.

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