Coinciding with the 49th National Day of the country – the “Eye of the Falcon” satellite was successfully launched into space from the French “Guyana” station on the northern coast of South America under French sovereignty, by means of the Russian “Soyuz” missile. , And that at exactly 5:33 am UAE time “01:33 am GMT”.
The first three stages of the launch lasted for a period of 8 minutes and 48 seconds, and the first three stages were carried out by burning engines with fuel, and the fourth stage was carried out by the unit of altitude and overhead guidance / FREGAT / to direct the moon to its synchronous low orbit with the sun, and the moon separated from the missile after 58 minutes From all.
The Falcon Eye satellite passed through several stages until it reached the launch stage, as it took 5 years to manufacture. The project was implemented by an Emirati team that includes high national expertise and competencies from the armed forces in the field of mega-projects management and engineering of military and space systems, and local and foreign experts and technicians in the field of space manufacturing were merged with a group of young Emirati engineers.
The project team began working with the manufacturers in designing, developing and manufacturing the system and following up on the project agenda during their presence in the French installations in the cities of Toulouse and Cannes, and began with the design phase of the moon by developing the available technology and analyzing the overall performance of the designed system, and then manufacturing the devices and parts of the moon with the required specifications And to ensure its readiness to be installed and integrated to build the final satellite, and to subject the integrated satellite to severe and comprehensive tests to qualify it for the harsh space environment, to ensure that it can withstand the launch process, and to ensure the functioning and health of all satellite systems.
It was then transferred from the French city of Toulouse to the French city of Guiana on the first of last February, where, since the arrival of the satellite, the technical team of the UAE began preparing it for launch by conducting a series of tests at the launch site, which included a phase of tests of the fit of the moon on the moon carrier, And the phase of the moon’s safety tests and the phase of supplying it with hydrazine fuel, the phase of joint work between the moon and the missile, the phase of packing the moon with the payload cover, the phase of integrating the moon on the missile, and the final readiness phase for launch .. While the work stopped from March to last October due to the Corona pandemic and the unfavorable weather conditions. To launch.
The “Falcon Eye” satellite is designed to provide global coverage for the next 10 years. It is equipped with a high-definition and accurate imaging system. Once it enters its low orbit around the Earth, it will start the process of capturing satellite images of the Earth and sending them to the ground control station.
The moon’s orbit is also distinguished by that it completes 15 rounds on the earth on a daily basis, and images will be received directly on the earth station of the Space Reconnaissance Center through polar stations that contribute to the speed of arrival of the images. It also has “Eye of the Falcon” a mobile station capable of sending and receiving images from any region in the world. The images of the moon will be used in the fields of cartographic surveying, agricultural monitoring, urban planning, urban and urban planning, prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coast monitoring. The moon also serves the armed forces in providing high-resolution images and maps that help them achieve Its tasks are efficient and professional.
With the launch of “Eye of the Falcon”, the UAE is recording a new qualitative achievement that strengthens its position as a center for advanced satellites, as this satellite will become the fourth for monitoring purposes owned by the state, bringing the number of state satellites to 12 in addition to a number of small cubic satellites for educational, research and development purposes In the fields of space technology.
This new achievement adds to the UAE’s expertise in the field of satellites, as it had a lead years ago in launching the “Yahsat” project, which is the first project of its kind serving the military and civil sectors through its satellites in the Middle East region as it focuses on transmitting knowledge and space expertise. , As well as system purchase and manufacture.