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Categories: Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace | Soyuz STA/Fregat | Falcon Eye 2

Arianespace is scheduled to launch a Soyuz STA rocket as part of the Falcon Eye 2 mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission is on 10/17/2020 UTC (UNCONFIRMED) from Kourou, French Guiana. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz STA and experience the excitement for yourself.

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Mission: Falcon Eye 2

Falcon Eye 2 is a high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye is the second of two surveillance satellites ordered by the UAE’s military.

Rocket: Soyuz STA

The 2.1a version includes conversion from analog to digital flight control system and uprated engines on the booster and the first stage with improved injection systems. The new digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to launch from a fixed rather than angled launch platform and adjust its heading in flight. A digital control system also enables the launch of larger commercial satellites with wider and longer payload fairings such as the ST-type fairing. These fairings introduce too much aerodynamic instability for the old analog system to handle. This stage continues to use the RD-0110 engine.

The 2.1a/ST version is sometimes called Soyuz ST-A.

Agency: Arianespace

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world’s first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.

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This post was last modified on September 19, 2020 3:15 pm

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