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Rocket in French Guiana launches 4 satellites
Rocket launched from French Guiana places 4 satellites into orbit
Associated Press
2014-07-11 11:01 PM

KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) -- Arianespace has launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying four satellites that will help provide Internet and mobile connectivity to people in nearly 180 countries.

The satellites are operated by O3b Networks, a global satellite services provider based in the Channel Islands off France's northwest coast. The company already operates another four satellites placed into orbit last year.

The satellites launched late Thursday weighed a total of more than 3,200 kilograms (7,000 pounds).

The launch was Arianespace's fifth mission in 2014.

Arianespace is the commercial arm of the European Space Agency.

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