A powerful Delta IV rocket is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral Wednesday evening to carry an Air Force satellite into space.

The United Launch Alliance launch is set to take place between 6:53 and 7:42 p.m. Wednesday from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The rocket is to carry the Air Force WGS-8 satellite into orbit. The spacecraft is the eighth in the military’s Wideband Global Satcom constellation of weather satellites. Space.com reported last week that the satellite cost $452 million.

The Air Force 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron is reporting an 80 percent chance of favorable weather for Wednesday’s launch, with the main concern being cloud cover.

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