Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Launch Highlights Reel: ULA Video


The ULA Atlas V rocket launched the U.S. Air Force SBIRS
GEO Flight 4 mission on Jan. 19, 2018 from Space Launch Complex-41 on
Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Fla.,
and successfully delivered
the infrared missile tracking satellite to orbit. 
Credit:
Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com
Ken
Kremer     SpaceUpClose.com     20
Jan 2018

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – An Atlas
V rocket successfully launched
the SBIRS Geo Flight 4 infrared surveillance and
missile attack detection satellite for the U.S.
Air Force Friday evening Jan. 19 at 7:48 p.m. EST, from 
seaside Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station in Florida by
rocket provider United Launch Alliance (ULA).

The stunning blastoff from the
Florida Space Coast took place just in the nick of time, coming barely 3 hours  prior to the U.S. Government shutdown due to
the lack of an agreed budget by DC politicians.

The $1.2 Billion SBIRS Geo
Flight 4 satellite was delivered to geosynchronous orbit.

Watch this short 2 minute long action packed video reel of mission
highlights for

the Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 launch compiled
by
United Launch Alliance – showing
the rocket rollout, countdown and launch activities.


Video
Caption: Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Launch Highlights.
A
United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 4
mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41. 
Credit: ULA

Launch of the 194-foot-tall two stage Atlas V rocket had been delayed a day due to an
issue with a faulty ground hardware valve with the first stage boosters liquid
oxygen system.

The SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite is designed to detect
infrared signatures and deliver early warning of incoming enemy ballistic missiles attacking
the US and its allies.

Long
exposure streak shot of a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 4
missile tracking surveillance satellite for the U.S. Air Force
after lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-41
at 7:48 p.m.  EST, Jan. 19, 2018.
  Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com

SBIRS GEO Flight-4 is the
latest satellite to join the Air Force’s orbiting missile warning constellation
equipped with powerful scanning and staring infrared surveillance sensors. The
sensors collect data for use by the U.S. military to detect missile launches,
support ballistic missile defense, expand technical intelligence gathering and
bolster situational awareness on the battlefield. The satellite also completes
the initial constellation and allows SBIRS to provide global coverage,” said satellite
builder Lockheed Martin.

Read our detailed prelaunch and launch
stories. 

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A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the SBIRS
GEO Flight 4 mission to geosynchronous orbit for the U.S. Air Force
was
rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch
Complex-41 on
Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Fla.,
on Jan. 17, 2018.   The Atlas V lifted off successfully on Jan.
19, 2018 and successfully delivered the infrared missile tracking satellite to
orbit. 
Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com
A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the SBIRS
GEO Flight 4 mission to geosynchronous orbit for the U.S. Air Force
was
rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch
Complex-41 on
Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Fla.,
on Jan. 17, 2018.   The Atlas V lifted off successfully on Jan.
19, 2018 and successfully delivered the infrared missile tracking satellite to
orbit. 
Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com



Ken Kremer

Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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