Bright Times News: On Thursday, the US Space Force will have an SBIRS GEO-6 missile warning satellite launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by United Launch Alliance.
ULA will launch the space-based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight 6, or SBIRS GEO-6, into the orbit of its Atlas V rocket between 6:29 a.m. and 7:09 a.m.
Earlier attempts to launch SBIRS GEO-6 on June 18 and July 31 were postponed for an unknown cause. A 70% chance of suitable weather for the launch window was anticipated by weather experts from the Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron.
The Lockheed Martin SBIRS GEO-6 is an advanced spacecraft that employs the LM2100 combat bus that has been upgraded to give “much higher resilience and cyber-toughening against new threats.”
The SBIRS spacecraft, according to ULA, “continues to function as the tip of the javelin for global missile alert as ballistic missile threats spread around the world,” as threats from ballistic missiles “spread around the world.”
The launch “represents the finish of the manufacture and launch phase and the commencement of key missile detection and early warning missions of satellites,” according to Major Matt program manager for the Space Force’s Space Systems Command.
The U.S. military can detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defence, broaden technical intelligence gathering, and improve situational awareness on the battlefield thanks to the data collected by these infrared sensors and others in a constellation of persistent overhead satellites, according to ULA.
After this Thursday’s launch, ULA will conduct three more national security launches on the Atlas V before switching to its new Vulcan Centaur.