VIDEO: Rocket successfully blasts off from Cape Canaveral

Still frame from video provided by NBC News

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral Wednesday evening.

The rocket will deploy the military’s highest capacity communications satellite ever, the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-8). It features advancements in its internal electronics that nearly double the bandwidth the craft will provide to soldiers, ships, aircraft and drones.

The Wideband Global SATCOM is an essential element of the U.S. military’s ability to communicate around the world.

The 900,000-pound, 217-foot tall rocket launched at 6:53 p.m. The satellite was released almost 42 minutes after takeoff. It will remain in orbit at an undisclosed location over 20,000 miles above the equator. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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