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Full, US satellite constellation in orbit to locate missile

TEMPO.CO, Nation World News United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched its sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-6) satellite on Thursday, August 4, 2022. This Earth-based Missile Launch Detection Satellite is a complement to the SBIRS GEO constellation for Space System Command. (SSC) The United States spacecraft of the external forces that was already in orbit.

The satellite was carried on an Atlas V rocket. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida at 6:29 a.m. local time (10:29 GMT). Its first boost rocket took off approximately four minutes after launch, leaving the Centaur section with SBIRS GEO-6 for a series of engine combustions.

Soon after, Centaur will drop SBIRS GEO-6 into orbit. The satellite will join five other satellites, completing a ballistic missile tracking constellation in geostationary orbit, about 22,200 miles (35,700 kilometers) above Earth. He is tasked with detecting threats around the world. Each SBIRS GEO satellite is located at a different location, allowing for extensive surveillance coverage.

According to a statement from the US Space Force, The launch of SBIRS GEO-6 closes the last gap in the satellite series and concludes the development phase of the SBIRS programme. The new advanced suite of satellite observation technologies will provide infrared surveillance to support missile warning systems, missile defense, combat space awareness and technical intelligence.

Knowing the SBIRS GEO Satellite Constellation

The new satellite was built by defense contractor Lockheed Martin using the LM 2100 combat bus. SBIRS GEO-5, launched in May 2021, is also built on the LM 2100 platform, but GEO-6 is the only other satellite in the constellation with its own special upgrade.

The LM 2100 Combat Bus stands over 3.7 meters high and offers SBIRS GEO-5 and 6 electronic upgrades, mobility, surveillance capabilities and more.

Colonel Daniel Walter, senior content lead for Delta’s Strategic Missile Warning Acquisition SSC, called the satellite’s capabilities the first line of defense providing early warning, launch detection and notification to national leaders.

SBIRS GEO-1 was launched in 2011, followed by its four siblings sequentially between 2013 and 2021. Meanwhile SBIRS GEO-6 ended this series of launches and technology has started to develop for the next generation SSC Missile Detection System.

Known as the Next Generation Persistent Geosynchronous Overhead Earth Orbit System (Next-Gen OPIR), an overhauled weapon tracking satellite platform is being designed to initially upgrade and eventually replace the SBIRS GEO constellation.

Full, Us Satellite Constellation In Orbit To Locate MissileVideo footage shows the Kinjal hypersonic missile being fired from a cruiser during a war game. Russia fired its latest Kinjal hypersonic missile for the first time in Ukraine on Saturday, March 19, 2022. TV ZVEZDA

In addition to inheriting the capabilities of its predecessor, the next-gen OPIR will be able to warn against “emerging counter-space and missile threats,” according to the SSC press release. These include hypersonic weapons with maneuverability such as the Kinjal missile as announced by Russian state media in 2018, which is said to travel five times faster than the speed of sound.

The Atlas V rocket was also launched last month carrying the Wide Field of View (WFOV) satellite. The satellite serves as the first orbital test for next-gen OPIR and is expected to be operational until reaching the first OPIR program satellite, targeted around 2025.


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