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Atlas V rocket launches SBIRS Geo-5 missile warning satellite for US Space Force

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The United Launch Alliance launched the Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The Atlas V rocket carried SBRIS Geo-5 Missile Warning Satellite. The full form of SBRIS is the Space-Based Infrared System. It is designed for missile warning, missile battlespace and defence characterization.

SBRIS is basically a Space Tracking and Surveillance System. SBRIS was designed to meet the Infrared Space Surveillance of the United States Space Force System. In 2020 alone, the SBRIS satellites detected more than a thousand missiles.

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About the satellite

  • The satellite will provide key capabilities in missile warning, battlespace, missile defence. It weighs 4,850 kilograms. As of 2018, ten SBRIS satellites were launched.
  • Atlas V is a two-stage rocket. It is fueled with rocket grade kerosene and liquid oxygen in its first stage and hydrogen and liquid oxygen in the second stage.
  • The rocket put SBRIS at a height of 35,753-kilo metres.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • United Launch Alliance CEO: Tory Bruno;
  • United Launch AllianceFounded: 1 December 2006;
  • United Launch Alliance Headquarters: Centennial, Colorado, United States.

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