A United Launch Alliance rocket carried a Colorado-built satellite into orbit Thursday that’s designed to provide U.S. weather forecasters unprecedented detail about severe weather formation and make improve air travel safety by tracking in-cloud lightning.

One of Centennial-based ULA’s Atlas V rockets blasted off Thursday afternoon from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) satellite, built in Jefferson County by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.

As of this story’s initial publication, the rocket was slated to release GOES-S around 6:40 pm MT en route to geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the earth.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/2GXjJu4.