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Europe launches new satellites into space

Published on May 7, 2013 10:34 AM
 
A handout photo taken from the European Space Agency (ESA) on Feb 13, 2012 shows the launch of the Vega rocket at the Kourou Space Centre, French Guiana. Europe's lightweight rocket, Vega, was launched from Kourou space base in French Guiana late Monday for the first mission, webcast live, since its maiden flight in February last year. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / ESA / STEPHANE CORVAJA 

PARIS (AFP) - Europe's lightweight rocket, Vega, was launched from Kourou space base in French Guiana late Monday for the first mission, webcast live, since its maiden flight in February last year.

The rocket lifted off at 0206 GMT Tuesday (10.06am Singapore time), carrying two small Earth-observation satellites and a microsatellite.

A launch scheduled for Saturday morning had been cancelled because of poor weather conditions.

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the 140-kilogramme Proba-V satellite is designed to map vegetation cover as an aid to monitor crops and predict famines.

 
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