KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Skies cleared just enough for SpaceX to launch a Falcon 9 rocket into space on Friday afternoon carrying a variety of spacecrafts for both commercial and governmental needs.
The launch happened around 12:24 p.m. despite meteorologists giving the attempt a 70 percent chance of being impacted by weather, a day before the launch.
A stalled front is helping to trigger numerous scattered showers and thunderstorms for Florida’s Space Coast, which complicated the forecast for Friday's attempt.
Once in space, the rocket is expected to release dozens of satellites as part of the Transporter-4 mission.
SpaceX also successfully landed a booster from the rocket on a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Florida's Space Coast will be busy during April with several planned rocket launches.