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Atlas V to launch SBIRS-GEO 3

Embarking on its first mission of the year, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket will take into orbit the third satellite in the U.S. Air Force Space-Based Infrared System. The multi-billion Dollar program is considered one of the most critical space-based defense capabilities, detecting and tracking short- and long-range missiles all across the globe to provide real-time information needed to plan appropriate defense strategies. Blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Atlas V will take the satellite into a standard Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

Live Video by United Launch Alliance

Launch Date: January 21, 2017 Launch Updates
Window: 00:42 – 01:22 UTC SBIRS Satellite Overview
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Atlas V 401 Launch Vehicle
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401 Countdown Timeline
Payload: SBIRS-GEO 3 (4,500kg) Launch Profile
Ascent Duration: 44 Minutes
Target Orbit: 185 x 35,786km, 23.29°

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