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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched Wednesday its fourth reconnaissance satellite, named Falcon Eye 2, aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket that lifted off from Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. reports that according to WAM news agency, Falcon Eye 2 is equipped with a High-Resolution Imager (HiRI) system with a ground resolution of 70 cm across a 20 km swath. The satellite will remain in low-Earth orbit for 10 years, taking high-quality imagery of the ground below to relay to the ground control station.

Falcon Eye 2 is the fourth reconnaissance satellite launched by the UAE, bringing its total number of satellites into orbit to 12. The satellite weighs approximately 1,190 kg and will be placed in a Sun-synchronous orbit at 611km from the Earth.

2020.12.03 / 09:51
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