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Arianespace launches rocket from French Guiana

December 7, 2014

KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — The commercial arm of the European Space Agency has successfully lofted satellites for two customers with a rocket launched from French Guiana.

The Arianespace rocket launched late Saturday from the company’s spaceport in the French dependency on the north shoulder of South America.

The first satellite was put into orbit for the Indian Space Research Organization. The second one was for DirecTV, a U.S. satellite television broadcaster based in El Segundo, California.

Arianespace has 21 shareholders from 10 European countries, including the CNES space agency in France.

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