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European Ariane 5 rocket launches 2 communications satellites to orbit

A European heavy-lift rocket launched two communications satellites to orbit from South America on Wednesday evening (June 22).

An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Wednesday at 5:50 p.m. EDT (2150 GMT). That was 47 minutes into the 100-minute launch window, time that France-based Arianespace took to perform some extra checks on the rocket.

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