The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin successfully launched the second Space Based Infrared System GEO-2 spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Tuesday afternoon. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida shortly after 3 p.m. SBIRS is the United States' new consolidated system for infrared space surveillance. It is the second of the six planned GEO satellites that the Air Force plans to put into orbit. System surveillance includes: missile warning, missile defense, battle space awareness, and technical intelligence. (Image Credit: ULA)
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