Military spy satellite loses contact with control room after ‘major anomaly’ during launch

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Falcon Eye 1 satellite successfully blasted off to space at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana this morning.

But – as live footage from the launch showed – it soon went wrong.

The clip shows the control room at Arianespace – who were responsible for the launch – watching the rocket blast off.

As it reaches out of camera sight, an animation of the rocket flashes up on screen as well as its trajectory.

A problem soon develops, though, as the satellite can be seen veering from the path.

Six minutes and 14 seconds after the launch, the Mission Control Centre then reported it lost telemetry link with the launcher and there has been no further information on where the rocket is.

Luce Fabreguettes, Executive Vice President of Missions, Operations and Purchasing at Arianespace confirmed the failed launch later in the live stream.

“Ladies and gentlemen, as you have seen after two minutes after lift-off… a major anomaly occurred resulting in the loss of the mission,” she said.

“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.

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