Photos: SBIRS GEO-4 Encapsulation & Installation atop Atlas V Rocket

The SBIRS GEO-4 satellite undergoes encapsulation in the protective Atlas V payload fairing before going for a nighttime ride from its processing facility to Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 where it was hoisted atop the integrated Atlas V rocket for final testing activities. Establishing the four-satellite SBIRS constellation, SBIRS GEO-4 will patch the final gap to achieve global coverage for ICBM and short-range missile tracking.

All Photos: Lockheed Martin & United Launch Alliance