Friday, July 3, 2009

Indonesia launches rocket

JAKARTA - INDONESIA successfully launched a home-grown rocket into space on Thursday as part of plans to send a satellite into orbit by 2014, officials said.

The RX-420 rocket took off from a launch pad in Garut regency, West Java province, around 9am.

'The RX-420 rocket was successfully launched this morning. We're very happy,' Aeronautics and Space Agency spokesman Ms Elly Kuntjahyowati told AFP.

Another type of rocket which was successfully tested last year will be combined with the RX-420 to carry a satellite into orbit in 2014, she said.

'We test the rockets one by one,' Ms Kuntjahyowati said. -- AFP

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