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News Archive / Tagged: SBIRS Geo 3

  • Lockheed Martin built GEO Flight 3 Satellite returns first images

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 30th, 2017

    The United States Air Force’s GEO Flight 3 surveillance satellite recently returned its first images, an event known as “first light”.

  • SFI Launch Highlights: SBIRS GEO-3 on ULA Atlas V 401

    Jason RhianJanuary 23rd, 2017

    SpaceFlight Insider video highlights from the Jan. 20, 2017, flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. The payload for this mission was the U.S. Air Force's SBIRS GEO-3 satellite.

  • Photo Gallery: SBIRS GEO 3 launches on ULA Atlas V 401

    Mike DeepJanuary 22nd, 2017

    SBIRS GEO 3 is the third satellite launched under the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System, which is meant to provide an early warning of missile launches. The SBIRS GEO 3 satellite was sent to geosynchronous orbit atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket on January 20, 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. The flight had been slated to launch the day prior; however, an instrumentation issue and wayward aircraft caused a 24-hour scrub.

  • Inauguration day Atlas V launch sends national security satellite to space

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is celebrating the successful launch of an Atlas V rocket with the third Space Based Infrared Satellite Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) satellite. It departed from Space Launch Complex 41 at 7:42 p.m. EST Jan. 20 (00:42 GMT Jan. 21).

  • Various issues prompt 24-hour scrub of Atlas V with SBIRS GEO-3

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 19th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It wasn't meant to be. That's what mission teams working to get a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket with its missile-detection satellite off the ground must have been thinking. An instrumentation issue plus a fouled range caused a 24-hour scrub to be called late in the Jan. 19 launch window.

  • SFI LIVE: Launch coverage of SBIRS GEO-3

    Jason RhianJanuary 19th, 2017

    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.

  • Next SBIRS missile detection satellite set for launch

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to send the third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-3) into space for the U.S. military. The $1.2 billion satellite will be part of a system designed to spot missiles threatening the United States or its allies.

  • Launch of Worldview-4 slips to October, SBIRS Geo-3 TBD

    Jason RhianOctober 2nd, 2016

    Two missions slated to fly on United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rockets have been delayed for a variety of reasons. Whereas the launch of the commercial WorldView-4 satellite has been pushed back to "early October", the flight of SBIRS Geo-3 has slipped due to unspecified issues with the spacecraft.

  • Next USAF’s SBIRS missile warning satellite shipped to Cape for October launch

    Jason RhianAugust 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force's next SBIRS satellite was delivered to Cape Canaveral on Aug. 2, 2016, in preparation for its trip to orbit next year. The spacecraft will now be prepared to fly atop a ULA Atlas V 401 rocket from the Cape's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida.