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Rocket Launch Friday From Cape Canaveral

UPDATE: The launch has been postponed.  Another launch attempt will be made Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The launch of a U.S. Air Force satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV medium configuration rocket is set for  8:08 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 15, 2014 with an 18-minute launch window.

The Delta IV rocket will carry the GPS IIF-6 satellite into space from Space Launch Complex-37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

As of Thursday morning, the USAF 45th Weather Squadron forecasts that there is only a 30% percent chance overall of acceptable weather conditions at launch time.  The primary weather concerns for launch are anvil clouds, cumulus clouds and lightning.

The GPS IIF-6 mission will be ULA’s fifth launch of 2014 and 82nd overall.  It also will mark the 26th flight of the Delta IV launch vehicle since its inaugural flight in November 2002.

Where To Watch Today’s Rocket Launch (in order of best viewing):

1. Between Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral along the north side of State Road 528.

2. Port Canaveral, with best viewing and paid parking available at Jetty Park.

3. Along the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida (there is metered parking in Cocoa Beach that only accepts quarters, so bring some change).

4. Titusville, Florida southward along the Indian River on the east side of US Highway 1.

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