CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (CNN) -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched a military communications satellite into space just after 6 a.m. Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It's the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
The rocket is part of a complex, six-hour mission to deliver the communications satellite which will give a highly secure, jam proof connection between U.S. leaders and deployed military forces.
Thursday's successful launch marks the 80th Atlas V mission since its inaugural launch in 2002.
United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket lifted off from LC-41 this morning at 6:13 a.m. EDT.
It carried the fifth communications satellite in the Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) series for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. ?? pic.twitter.com/0goZHAgWRB
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The launch and smoke plume could be seen from all over the state of Florida.
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