Falcon Eye [Astrium]
United Arab Emirates Armed Forces on July 22 contracted with Astrium Satellites and Thales Alenia Space of France to provide the two-satellite 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 satellites, weighing less than 1,500 kg each are to be launched on two separate Vega rockets in 2019 by Arianespace.
|Nation:||United Arab Emirates|
|Type / Application:||Reconnaissance, optical|
|Operator:||United Arab Emirates Armed Forces|
|Contractors:||EADS Astrium → Airbus Defence and Space (prime), Thales Alenia (payload)|
|Propulsion:||4 × 15 Nms hydrazine thrusters|
|Power:||3 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||< 1500 kg|
|Falcon Eye 1||-||2019||Ko ELV||Vega or Soyuz-STB Fregat-MT|
|Falcon Eye 2||-||2019||Ko ELV||Vega or Soyuz-STB Fregat-MT|