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ULA rocket to launch next-gen GPS satellite

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The rocket is carrying a global-positioning satellite for the US Air Force. (Source: ULA) The rocket is carrying a global-positioning satellite for the US Air Force. (Source: ULA)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (WAFF) -

A United Launch Alliance rocket which was supposed to take off from Cape Canaveral FL Thursday night will now be scheduled for Friday.

The rocket is carrying a global-positioning satellite for the US Air Force. That satellite is one of the next-generation models, which has various improvements to improve accuracy, signals and performance for the Air Force.

It will join a worldwide timing and navigation system utilizing 24 satellites with a minimum of four such satellites placed per plane orbiting approximately 11,000 miles above the Earth's surface.

The scheduled Thursday night launch was scrubbed due to weather conditions. It is now scheduled for Friday night at 7:03 p.m. CDT.

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