WATCH LIVE: Rocket to launch from Cape Canaveral tonight


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. 

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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.”

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