European rocket puts two TV satellites into orbit

5th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

KOUROU, French Guiana, May 4, 2007 (AFP) - A European heavy rocket placed two large broadcasting satellites into orbit on Friday, mission control at the European Space Agency's launch pad here said.

KOUROU, French Guiana, May 4, 2007 (AFP) - A European heavy rocket placed two large broadcasting satellites into orbit on Friday, mission control at the European Space Agency's launch pad here said.

The Ariane-5 ECA rocket took aloft the 4.5 tonne Astra 1L, providing high-definition TV over Europe for the Luxembourg-based firm SES Astra, and the 4.1-tonne Galaxy 17, which will provide TV and communications over North America for Intelsat.

The launch, originally planned for Thursday, had been delayed for a day due to strong high-altitude winds above the launch site in French Guiana.

The launch operator was Arianspace, which markets services using ESA's Ariane rocket.

The launch was the 176th for Ariane and the 32nd involving an Ariane 5.


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Subject: French news

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