The rocket launch drought is over: After more than two months of no launch attempts from the Space Coast, a powerful Atlas V rocket successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:42 p.m. Eastern time Saturday with a next-generation weather satellite.

The 197-foot tall United Launch Alliance rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41 at 6:42 p.m. Eastern time – 1 hour after it was originally set to launch at 5:42. Assembled to one of its most powerful configurations, Atlas V 541 includes four strap-on solid rocket boosters.

Tucked away in its fairing is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-R satellite, which is the first in a series that will improve views of severe storms and overall weather forecasting.