(December 16th, 2011) A Russian Soyuz rocket has launched from French Guiana, only the second such vehicle to fly out of the territory's new Sinnamary spaceport. The Soyuz has put six satellites in orbit, including France's new Pleiades-1 high-resolution imaging spacecraft.
Lift-off occurred on schedule at 23:03 local time, Friday (02:03 GMT, Saturday), with Pleiades-1 being dropped off in its 700km-high polar orbit some 55 minutes later.
(click for full story) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16223533
(Info on Pleiades-1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiades_satellites
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