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'Fast, cheap' Internet satellites launched

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The first four of 12 satellites in a new constellation to provide affordable, high-speed Internet to people in nearly 180 "under-connected" countries were blasted into Space on Tuesday. 

A Russian Soyuz rocket, carrying four O3b satellites, is launched from the Kourou space base in the French overseas department of Guiana on June 25, 2013. The satellites will provide affordable, high-speed Internet to people in nearly 180 "under-connected" countries.

The orbiters, part of a project dubbed O3b, for the "other 3 billion" people with restricted Internet access, were lifted by a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kourou in French Guiana at 1927 GMT, according to a live broadcast on the website of launch company Arianespace.

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