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The first Romanian rocket, Helen 2, successfully launched into space

The Association of Romanian Cosmonautics and Aeronautics (ARCA)
has launched successfully on Oct. 1, within the Google Lunar X Prize
competition, the Helen 2 rocket, the first Romanian rocket ever launched
into space.
The launch, fourth attempt successful, took place off the Black Sea
coast, from the military ship NSSL 281 Constanta, accompanied by
Fulgerul and Bombard fast boats. ARCA President Dumitru Popescu
announced on Monday, in a press conference, that the launch took place
by using a carrier balloon above the Black Sea, 20 kilometers from the
coast. The balloon ascent took 40 minutes, to an altitude of 14,000
meters, when the its top speed reached 120 kilometers per hour.
At this altitude, the rocket was commanded to start the engine for
30 seconds, placing the it at an altitude of about 40,000 meters. That
was followed by the re-entry into atmosphere of t

Added: Oct-9-2012 
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