Economy

Arianespace launches satellite for Kazakhstan

KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — The Arianespace consortium has successfully launched a rocket that lofted an Earth observation satellite for the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.

The satellite was carried into orbit by a Vega rocket late Tuesday from the consortium's spaceport in French Guiana in South America. The rocket's flight lasted 55 minutes. Kazakhstan says it will use the satellite to monitor natural and agricultural resources, provide mapping data, and support for rescue operations.

The launch was Arianespace's fourth mission in 2014. Arianespace is the commercial arm of the European Space Agency.

Related Headlines

  • Russian rocket launches with American on board

    Their relationship on Earth may be at its lowest ebb in decades, but the U.S. and Russia haven't allowed their disagreements over Ukraine get in the way of their joint mission ... 

  • 3 astronauts return to Earth

    A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts who had spent a half-year aboard the International Space Station landed Wednesday in the steppes of Kazakhstan. 

  • Alma Ablyazov, Madina Ablyazov

    Court overturns ex-banker's extradition to Russia

    France's top appeals court on Wednesday overturned a decision to extradite a former Kazakh banker whose dual roles as opposition leader and fugitive from justice led to legal ... 

  • Azamat Tazhayakov

    No verdict after Day 2 in Tsarnaev friend trial

    The jury in the trial of a man accused of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deliberated for a second day without reaching a verdict Thursday.