NBC NEWS- A United Launch Alliance Atlas five rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral air force station early 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.