The launch of a Soyuz rocket launcher into space with an Earth observation satellite belonging to the United Arab Emirates, UAE, was postponed on Tuesday, for the second time.
The European space agency Arianespace said problems with the rocket’s telemetry data had forced it to interrupt the project five minutes and three seconds before the scheduled launch. The rocket and the Falcon Eye satellite are in a stable and safe condition.
The Falcon Eye 2 satellite is to be launched into space on board the Soyuz rocket. Falcon Eye 1 was destroyed a year and a half ago, when a European Vega rocket crashed. Only two weeks ago another Vega rocket crashed.
The previous two rockets took off from the Baikonur spaceport in central Asian Kazakhstan in February and March.
The next possible launch date at the Kourou spaceport in French Guyana is early Wednesday European time, after being postponed the day before due to unfavorable weather conditions.
The launch is Arianespace’s third mission with a Russian Soyuz launcher this year.