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FRANKFURT, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A Russian Proton rocket blasted off in Kazakhstan on Friday night to put into orbit both the first part of Europe's new space "data highway" and a Eutelsat communications satellite.
The 19-story tall Russian-built rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2220 GMT (4:20 a.m. local time).
The EDRS-A node that it is carrying is the first building block of the European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS), a "big data" highway costing nearly 500 million euros ($545 million) that will harness new laser-based communications technology. ($1 = 0.9179 euro) (Reporting by Maria Sheahan; editing by Grant McCool)