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After nearly two years of failed commercial launches, a Ukrainian rocket has finally put a paying cargo in space.

The white Dnipro booster rocket lifted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome on April 21. Belching gray smoke and orange flame, the converted nuclear missile carried the British Uosat-12 satellite into orbit 650 kilometers above Earth.

Recent successful launches have gone a long way toward repairing Ukraine's image as a source of dependable rockets for the commercial satellite market.

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