Europe launches new satellites into space
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.