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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.