Europe’s Ariane 6 blasts off on first flight

PARIS (Reuters) – Europe’s Ariane 6 launch blasted off successfully on Tuesday on its maiden flight, a live video feed showed.

Weighing 540 tonnes and standing 56 metres tall, Europe’s newest rocket left the launchpad in French Guiana around 4 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) at the start of a nearly three-hour flight designed to end a year-long hiatus in European access to space.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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