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.