Liftoff! Delta IV rocket launches with new GPS satellite

By Jerry Hume, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, October 04, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

It was a beautiful launch this morning of a Delta IV rocket carrying a military GPS satellite on board.

The rocket lifted off at 8:10 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The GPS is designed to help out our troops, it's also going to help out us.

Boeing, which is behind this satellite, said it will provide highly accurate time, location and velocity information. So, maybe a stop to recalculating or lost satellite signal.

It's called a GPS IIF-3 Satellite. It's the third of 12 GPS satellites Boeing has made for the U.S. Air Force. It's on board this Delta IV rocket, which was rolled out last night.

This satellite is more jam-resistant and will help guide troops on land, sea and in the air. It will also direct bombs and other weapons towards a target.

Boeing said this satellite is more accurate and reliable than older models and it's supposed to last longer -- 12 years.

The Space Coast has another launch, right around the corner this weekend.

A lot of people are excited for the SpaceX launch, set for 8:35 p.m. on Sunday. On board, its Dragon capsule is cargo for the International Space Station. It's the first of at least 12 contracted missions SpaceX has with NASA.