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By Sinead Barry  with AP
EDRS launches in French Guiana
EDRS launches in French Guiana   -   Copyright  AP   -  

The new European Data Relay System (EDRS) was launched into the atmosphere atop a rocket by the European Space Agency (ESA) from French Guiana on Tuesday.

The EDRS aims to create what has been called the "Space Data Highway" — a high-speed network that can transfer optical data from satellites to Earth in near-real-time.

This system was sent into the skies on an Ariane 5 rocket.

It is the most sophisticated laser communication network ever designed, said the ESA.

Video editor • Francois Razy