The satellites were launched atop a converted Soviet-era missile
A rocket has been launched from Kazakhstan carrying two British-built satellites which will help monitor natural disasters.
The UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1 spacecraft will join four platforms already in the sky that together form the Disaster Monitoring Constellation.
The network obtains rapid pictures of areas struck by natural calamities - such as floods, earthquakes and fire.
The imagery is used by governments and aid agencies to co-ordinate relief.
The two satellites headed for orbit aboard a Dnepr rocket which was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome, Russia's Strategic Space Troops said.
The Dnepr, a converted Soviet-era SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile, was also carrying four other foreign satellites, including the United Arab Emirates' first space platform, known as DubaiSat-1.