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GOES-R launches Saturday after technical issue causes delay

ULA Atlas V Rocket carrying GOES-R (Source: ULA) ULA Atlas V Rocket carrying GOES-R (Source: ULA)
(Source: ULA) (Source: ULA)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (WAFF) -

A next-generation weather satellite launched Saturday on board a United Alliance Atlas V rocket. 

Due to technical difficulties, a new launch time was rescheduled for 5:42 p.m. CST.

The weather equipment, known as the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R), will provide meteorologists with an array of powerful tools. 

The satellite will improve hurricane tracking and intensity forecasts, increase thunderstorm and tornado warning lead time, improve aviation flight route planning, and provide data for long-term climate variability studies.

The GOES-R weather satellite was built by Lockheed Martin.

Watch the FB Live of the launch below. 

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