Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Britain launches military satellite

Britain’s military satellite system Skynet got a step closer tonight after a launch from French Guiana tonight. The Ariane 5 rocket launched earlier this evening putting the second set of satellites, that make up Skynet 4, into orbit. The first of the series of satellites was put into orbit in March this year with the next scheduled mission is set for May 2008. Skynet 4 is part of military communications encryption system costing in excess of £6.6 billion. [ / BBC / BBC video]

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