ULA launches SBIRS GEO-5 to bolster American missile launch detection capability

by | May 19, 2021 | Launches, Military space, Satellites, Seradata News

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the SBIRS GEO-5, TDO 3 and TDO 4 satellites into a GTO orbit at 1737 GMT on 18 May on an Atlas V 421 vehicle from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA. The primary payload SBIRS GEO 5 is a part of the military Space Based infrared System programme. These satellites provide a missile launch detection service enabling early warning activities. Also on-board were the TDO-3 and -4 CubeSats which are technology demonstration satellites for the US Air Force Academy.

The Atlas V lifts-off carrying its three payloads into orbit. Courtesy of United Launch Alliance (ULA)

Phil Hylands contributed to this article. 

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