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Communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral

A communications satellite is seen being launched into space from Cape Canaveral Friday, May 24, 2013.

May 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A communications satellite that will help the U.S. military find terrorists with drones has been launched into space.

The unmanned Delta IV rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Friday night. The military will depend on the satellite for its mission in Afghanistan. It comes at a cost of about $342 million.

It's expected to take several months for the satellite to settle into the proper orbit, which follows the earth's rotation 22,000 miles above the equator.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.