23:57 GMT04 August 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The launch of the Russian Soyuz carrier rocket with the Falcon Eye-2 satellite from the Kourou Space Centre is planned for October, the German Aerospace Centre has confirmed.

    The launch was initially scheduled for 6 March but was postponed due to a malfunction on the Fregat-M upper stage. Later, the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana was temporarily closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the launch was put off again.

    A space source said in June that the launch of the Soyuz ST-A rocket with the Fregat-M booster and the Arabic Falcon Eye-2 optical-electronic surveillance satellite was planned for 17 October.

    According to current information on the German Aerospace Centre website, the Falcon Eye-2 mission is planned for 16 October.

    Falcon Eye-2 is the second reconnaissance satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

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