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The high-resolution optics for the UAE’s optical Falcon Eye satellites will be built and tested in Thales Alenia Space’s new space optics facility in Cannes, France.

Airbus Defence and Space, Thales Alenia Space and partners will build two Falcon Eye satellites for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces. The satellites will be delivered with a ground system to manage, receive and process imagery from the satellites.

Thales Alenia Space will deliver a high-performance, high-resolution optical payload for the satellites as well as an image data transmission system and the ground image processing system. The company also announced it will construct a new 8 million euro space optics facility at its Cannes, France, plant for integrating and testing high-resolution optical observation instruments.

The Falcon Eye program is the latest in a series of satellites that Airbus has successfully developed for a wide range of missions. The Falcon Eye satellites are expected to launch on two separate rockets in 2017 and 2018.

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