CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -

A Delta IV rocket launched Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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The United Launch Alliance rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:10 a.m.

The rocket is carrying an advanced U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) spacecraft that will help guide American and allied military troops on missions around the world. A civilian signal also is in ubiquitous use around the globe.