Russian Soyuz carrier with Galileo satellites lifts off from Kourou
The launch was originally scheduled for Dec 2, but had to be postponed because of bad weather conditions.
The Soyuz-ST-B launch vehicle finally took off from Kourou on Saturday, at around 21:19 local time (00:19 GMT on Sunday), according to a live broadcast from the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.
This was the first Soyuz launch from Guiana this year. In total, there have been over two dozen Russian Soyuz-ST launches from Kourou since October 2011.
Next year, four launches of Russian carrier rockets are planned from the Guiana Space Center.