Liftoff of Arianespace’s Vega mission with FalconEye1
Arianespace’s latest Vega mission is now underway following a nighttime liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
This flight will last 57 minutes from liftoff to separation of the FalconEye1 high-performance optical Earth observation satellite, which will be placed into a Sun-synchronous orbit.
FalconEye1 is the first of two spacecraft that will compose the United Arab Emirates’ FalconEye satellite system, which is to serve two primary purposes: supporting the needs of this country’s armed forces and supplying the commercial market with imagery.
The satellite was produced by Airbus Defence and Space as prime contractor and Thales Alenia Space as co-prime.