CAPE CANAVERAL: The Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite completed encapsulation on January 9th at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Today, on January 10, 2018, GEO-4 will make the journey to Space Launch Complex-41, where it will be mated with its Atlas V-411 rocket. It is scheduled for launch on Jan. 18, 2018, at 7:52 p.m., Eastern.
Technicians make last-minute preparations for the encapsulation of the Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Colorado)
SBIRS uses infrared surveillance to provide early missile warning for the U.S. military and is considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs. The system includes a combination of satellites and hosted payloads in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) and Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) and ground hardware and software. The system has four main objectives:
Missile Defense – Delivery of critical information supporting the effective operation of missile defense systems.
Missile Warning – Reliable, unambiguous, timely and accurate warning for theater and strategic missile launches.
Battlespace Awareness – Delivery of comprehensive IR data to help characterize ...