A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday morning.
The mission's primary purpose is to place a Lockheed Martin-built satellite into orbit. The satellite is the fifth advanced extremely high frequency satellite known as AEHFS-5.
Ultimately there will be six of these satellites which will be used to provide global and secure communications for the military.
Also, the Atlas rocket had a CubeSat which will test new orbital debris tracking technology. The CubeSat separated from the rocket's upper stage.
The United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense Space and Security.