North American broadband satellite launched

A Canadian telecommunication satellite that is scheduled to provide broadband Internet service across North America was launched on Saturday evening.

The Anik F2 satellite was carried into orbit aboard Ariane flight 163 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 9:44 p.m. Saturday night local time (00:44 GMT Sunday). The launch was declared successful by Arianespace in a subsequent statement.

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