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Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket takes off in French Guiana

Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, a designated VA225, to launch the Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 satellites from ELA-3 launch site in Kourou, French Guiana on Thursday. The Eutelsat 8 West B satellite will provide direct-to-home television broadcasts over North Africa and the Middle East. The Intelsat 34 communications satellite will cover Latin America and beam broadband services for aircrafts travelling routes over the North Atlantic. The launch was postponed from July 18.

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