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Satellite built in Stevenage blasts off into space

An artists impression of the satellite in space. Credit: Airbus

A communications satellite built in Stevenage was launched into space last night.

The main structure and propulsion system were constructed in Stevenage, before being shipped off to Toulouse to be assembled.

It blasted off from a launch site in French Guiana in South America.

The satellite is seven and half metres long and 3 metres wide. Its solar rays unfold to 45 metres - the equivalent of three double decker buses.

The satellite was constructed in Stevenage. Credit: Airbus

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17-year-old sentenced for huge TalkTalk hack

A 17-year-old who admitted hacking offences has been sentenced Credit: PA

A 17-year-old who admitted hacking offences linked to the TalkTalk data breach has been given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order.

The youth, who admitted seven offences related to the hacking in October 2015, also had his iPhone and computer hard drive confiscated at Norwich Youth Court.

While the boy, who can't be named for legal reasons, did not exploit the information for monetary gain, the TalkTalk website was targeted more than 14,000 times he exposed the vulnerability.

Telecoms giant TalkTalk said it fell victim to a "significant and sustained" attack on its website, the fallout of which cost it £42 million.

Click below to watch a report from court by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

Cyber crime security advisor Paul Maskall told ITV News Anglia that hacking was one of the most serious threats facing personal computer users and businesses.

"It is a constant threat at the moment especially keeping up with it, policing in and combating it. It's absolutely exponential.

"The problem is that it is so different to traditional policing - we're talking about it on an international stage.

"The problem is that there are no borders."

– Paul Maskall, Cyber crime security advisor
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