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Stevenage built satellite to launch

Scientists in Hertfordshire are expecting to watch the launch of one of their satellites into space this morning. The SES-6 is a multipurpose satellite built by Astrium in Stevenage.

Launch of an Astrium built satellite in November last year Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's being launched from Kazakhstan but the satellite's makers will be able to watch its lift-off from big screens in the Astrium staff restaurant. The satellite is expected to help expand cable channel growth in Latin America.

The satellite was made by scientists at Astrium Credit: ITV News Anglia


Successful launch for Stevenage built satellite

The Skynet 5 satellite takes off in South America Credit: Ministry of Defence

A multi million pound military satellite designed and built in Hertfordshire has been successfully launched in South America.

Skynet 5 is a high-tech communication satellite manufactured by Astrium in Stevenage. It took off from a French based launch-pad in French Guiana.

It will orbit the earth at speeds of more than six thousand miles an hour.