European rocket carrying 2 satellites launched in French Guiana

October 6, 2007 07:40


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A European rocket carrying two communications satellites was successfully launched Friday evening from South America. Arianespace, the commercial arm of the 13-country European Space Agency, used its Ariane-5 rocket to shuttle the Intelsat 11 into orbit for the international satellite operator Intelsat. The rocket also carried the Optus D2 satellite for Australian operator Optus, the company said. The rocket delivered the two satellites during 32 minutes of flight. Both payloads were built by US manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corp. at its plant in Dulles, Virginia. It was the company's fourth launch this year from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, a French overseas department.

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