The Air Force SBIRS GEO 4 Satellite Ready For Launch At The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

United Launch Alliance is ready to launch the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission tonight from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. An Atlas V rocket is set to blast off from launch complex 41 at the Air Force Station at 7:52 pm local time. 

Mission Overview:
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 rocket will launch the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit. Liftoff will occur from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 7:52 PM ET. The Space Based Infrared System is considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs and is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st-century demands in four national security mission areas:

Missile Warning
Reliable, unambiguous, timely and accurate warning for theater and strategic missile launches.

Missile Defense
Delivery of critical information supporting the effective operation of missile defense systems. Technical Intelligence Ability to characterize infrared (IR) event signatures, phenomenology, and threat performance data.

Battlespace Awareness
Delivery of comprehensive IR data to help characterize battlespace conditions. The SBIRS team is led by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, with Northrop Grumman as the payload integrator. Air Force Space Command operates the SBIRS system.


View more images of the SBIRS GEO 4 mission on our mission gallery page


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