The US Air Force has launched the second geosynchronous satellite in the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) missile detection and early warning constellation.
Launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on 19 March, the satellite, named GEO-2, is identical to its predecessor SBIRS GEO-1, launched from the same location in May 2010.
Once fully operational, the classified SBIRS constellation will warn of missile launches worldwide, observing the flash of a tactical ballistic missile or intercontinental ballistic missile then extrapolating the weapon’s flight path.
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The US Air Force has launched the second geosynchronous satellite in the Space-Based Infrared…
by Tactical-Life / Mar 22, 2013