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Ukrainian-made engines yesterday powered a European Vega rocket into space yesterday,

allowing the launch of five satellites into orbits. Designed and manufactured in Dnipro by the Yuzhmash, the engines were transported to Kourou, French Guyana for launching the Italian-made rocket. The biggest satellite, the 922 kg the Pléiades Neo-4 Earth remote sensing satellite, was released into a sun-synchronous orbit 55 minutes after takeoff. Video shows a smooth launch, the latest in the 17-year collaboration between Yuzhmash and Italy’s AVIO SpA.

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