Space Coast residents and visitors were given quite the treat on this Halloween when an Atlas V rocket roared off of its launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, at 12:13 pm.
The Atlas V delivered a GPS satellite to orbit for the U-S Air Force. It's called the GPS IIF-11 and its the 11th in a series of 12 satellites for the U-S Air Force designed to improve navigational information for our troops around the world.
The Air Force says the satellites are also helping to improve the GPS technology that we use in our cars and on our smartphones. They say it's also helping the economy, from agriculture to automobiles.
"I know that a couple of the commercial automakers out there have been try to do driverless cars, so it's very important aspect, you want to make sure that you have the most accuracy possible, so GPS IIF helps us do that," said 1st Lt. Benjamin Nguyen, Spacecraft Responsible Engineer.
This is the third GPS satellite that United Launch Alliance has launched this year for the U.S. Air Force.
The 12th and final satellite in the IIF series is set to launch from the cape on Feb. 3, 2016.
Happy Launchoween! This pumpkin had a great view of the Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. (Jon Shaban, Staff)