Delta IV rocket launches with Air Force satellite from Space Coast

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The United Launch Alliance launched the Delta IV rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday.

On board the rocket is a GPS satellite for the Air Force.

Liftoff was originally set for 6:56 p.m., but was pushed back to 8:26 p.m. due to some technical issues.

At 8:26 p.m. all things were a go for liftoff. 

What is the payload? The communications satellite is the 10th for the U.S. military’s Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, all launched by ULA. The first satellite, built by Boeing, launched in 2007.

Two more satellites are expected to be added to the WGS system however negotiations between Boeing and the Air Force have stalled the satellites.

The satellite configuration doesn’t only benefit the U.S. Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand have also partially financed the program in exchange for global communications services, according to the Air Force.