Ariane rocket launches satellites for Britain, Brazil

KOUROU, French Guyana, Nov 14 (Reuters) - An Ariane rocket blasted off from French Guyana on Wednesday, placing into orbit a British military satellite and a Brazilian telecommunications satellite, space officials said.

The launch in Kourou on the northeast coast of South America had been originally planned for last week, but was delayed twice because of technical problems.

Twenty-seven minutes after the launch, the rocket released into a preliminary orbit the Skynet 5B satellite for Britain’s Ministry of Defence. Five minutes later Star One C1, a telecoms satellite for Brazil’s Embratel, was released into space.

Wednesday’s send off was the 11th consecutive successful launch of a heavy-lift Ariane-5 rocket. (Editing by Ibon Villelabeitia)