UPDATE: The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 8:18 p.m. Check out photos of the launch here.
EARLIER STORY: You might want to look north tonight.
United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral anytime between now and 8:59 p.m. Although it’s dark, trails from rockets often can be seen from the West Palm Beach area.
The rocket will carry with it the U.S. Air Force’s ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) mission.
The window within which the rocket can launch started at 7:44 p.m., but it was put on hold after engineers reported a “ground system issue.” With that issue resolved, rocket now is scheduled to take off at 8:18 p.m.
Watch the live feed:
Information on the rocket’s payload, via United Launch Alliance: “WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to our troops in the field. WGS has 19 independent coverage areas, 18 of which can be positioned throughout its field-of-view. This includes eight steerable/shapeable X-band beams formed by separate transmit/receive phased arrays; 10 Ka-band beams served by independently steerable diplexed antennas; and one transmit/receive X-band Earth-coverage beam. WGS can tailor coverage areas and connect X-band and Ka-band users anywhere within its field-of-view. The X-band phased array antenna enables anti-jam functionality without sacrificing performance.”