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SFI LIVE: Launch coverage of SBIRS GEO-3

Space Based Infrared System 3 banner on the payload fairing of United Launch Alliance's Atlas V 401 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo Credit: Michael Howard / SpaceFlight Insider

Photo Credit: Michael Howard / SpaceFlight Insider

SpaceFlight Insider is at the command bunker located near Tampa, Florida, for tonight’s webcast covering the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket with the third Space Based Infrared System satellite. SFI decided for this mission to bring you behind the scenes with all the exciting plans we have for 2017.



Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

Reader Comments

What is the max payload of the Atlas V? Is it being replaced by a new heavy launch vehicle, if so what is it’s max payload?

Jan. 19, 2017

Hi ChrisFromTampa,
It looks to be about 41,570 lbs (18,850 kg). We don’t believe that the new Next Generation Launch System (Vulcan) rocket falls under the description of “heavy” – but it is planned to replace the Atlas V. We will work to get you its max payload capabilities ASAP.
Sincerely, Jason Rhian – Editor, SpaceFlight Insider

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