New missile warning satellite launched into orbit
Space Based Infrared System constellation will replace legacy Defense Support Program satellites
- By Defense Systems Staff
- May 09, 2011
A military satellite designed to substantially boost the Air Force’s missile defense and detection capabilities was launched into space May 7 atop an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket, reports Space.com.
The launch sent the first of four planned Space Based Infrared System satellites into orbit.
The satellite built by Lockheed-Martin, known as GEO-1, will use infrared sensors to spot enemy missile launches.