Ariane Spice has announced the failure of launching a Vega rocket from Guiana, France, on Thursday night on a mission to the UAE where it was supposed to put the Falcon Eye I-1 surveillance satellite in orbit.
“Ladies and gentlemen, as you have seen after two minutes after lift-off… A major anomaly occurred resulting in the loss of the mission,” Luce Fabreguettes, Executive Vice President, Missions, Operations and Purchasing, Arianespace, said during the launch.
“On behalf of Arianespace, I wish to express my deepest apologies to our customers for the loss of their payload and telling them how sorry I am.”
The Falcon Eye satellite was launched as part of the UAE’s policy of enhancing its surveillance capabilities to become the fourth satellite for monitoring purposes owned by the UAE, bringing the number of satellites to 10, and expected to reach 12 in 2020.
The Falcon Eye was designed by Airbus Defense & Space, which provided the platform, and Talis Illania Space, which ensured the imaging aspect.
The Falcon Eye is equipped with a high-definition imaging system and accuracy. Once it enters its low earth orbit at an altitude of about 611 km, it will begin the process of capturing Earth’s satellite imagery and sending it to the ground control station within the Space Reconnaissance Center, Abu Dhabi says.
The Falcon Eye is a satellite that will be used to serve military and civilian purposes.
Observers criticized the inability of all these satellites to monitor the recent attacks on tankers, despite all that is said about the capabilities and cost of these satellites but fail to monitor such serious and huge incidents.
Abu Dhabi does not stop saying that they don’t have evidence of who is behind the attacks on tankers, amid questions about the feasibility of investing in these systems as long as failing to achieve the minimum energy security in the state and the Gulf.
However, observers confirm that the purpose of these satellites is to spy on human rights activists, intellectuals and media and not to respond to Iran’s military behavior in the region.
The ruling regime in the UAE relies on electronic battalions and the latest devices to spy on citizens of the state and its opponents and even friends.
For years, the current ruler of Abu Dhabi, the de facto ruler of the UAE, has been working to establish one of the largest networks of traditional espionage and e-mail in the Internet age.
The electronic spying networks launched from Abu Dhabi hunt down dissident citizens across the planet and prey on political opponents, even if they are neighbors and friends in public.