KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) -- A European rocket carrying two
telecommunications satellites has been launched from South America
after a one-day delay caused by a strike.
Arianespace says its Ariane 5 rocket released the first
satellite for the Arab Satellite Communications Organization into
orbit about 27 minutes after taking off Wednesday from the launch
center in French Guiana.
The second one for European satellite company SEA was released
about eight minutes later.
Arianespace is the commercial arm of the 13-country European
The launch had been scheduled for Tuesday, but SES announced
then that a walkout by a local trade union would delay the
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