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Falcon Eye 1, 2

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)
Equipment: HiRI
Configuration: AstroSat-1000
Propulsion: 4 × 15 Nms hydrazine thrusters
Power: 3 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: < 1500 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Falcon Eye 1 - 2019 Ko ELV Vega
Falcon Eye 2 - 2019 Ko ELV Vega