VIENNA/GRAZ/KOUROU – After several delays, the Vega rocket carrying, among other things, the small Austrian climate satellite Preti was able to successfully lift off from the European Spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana) at 3:36 a.m. CET. This was announced by rocket operator Arianespace and space company Beyond Gravity Austria in Vienna. Two hours after launch, Preity was launched into orbit at an altitude of about 550 kilometres.