UAE: Hope Probe to lift off on July 20 after midnight

After being scrubbed twice, the new launch date for the UAE’s Hope Mars mission has been set on Monday, July 20, at exactly 1.58am (UAE time).

The new launch date, however, may change depending on weather conditions on Tanegashima Island in Japan. “Any further delay caused by weather conditions at the launch site will be communicated in due course,” the UAE Space Agency and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) tweeted on Friday.

Hope Probe will lift off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre (TNSC) aboard a H-IIA rocket manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

Fair weather is crucial for the safe and successful launch of the first Arab interplanetary mission that will study Martain atmosphere and answer vital scientific questions.

The launch of Hope Probe was twice scrubbed or delayed – first on July 15 then on July 17 – due to continued thunderstorms, clouds and unstable weather conditions on Tanegashima Island.


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