Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

ULA Atlas V on target for Friday night launch

VIDEO: Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Mission Profile, Set For Liftoff Thursday Night at 7:52 pm US Air Force to launch new missile-warning satellite Thursday night
Derrick Tucker | 22 January, 2018, 02:20

United Launch Alliance has packed two days of rollout, countdown and launch activities into a two-minute video highlighting Friday night's blastoff of an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral with the U.S. Air Force's SBIRS GEO Flight 4 missile-warning satellite. Col. Dennis Bythewood, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center's remote sensing directorate, told reporters January 16 the launch will meet the service's. So far, there's a 90 percent chance of favorable weather.

About 20 minutes before the rocket takes off, the ULA will start its webcast live stream which you can watch above.

ULA provided the following information about the cause of this scrub: The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission was scrubbed today due to a ground issue associated with the booster liquid oxygen system.

The SBIRS team is led by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.

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The Lockheed Martin-built satellite completes the system's baseline constellation, giving it global coverage.

The ULA has already confirmed that the countdown to launch is underway, adding that this is one of the USA's "highest priority" missions.

The SBIRS payload is a system that provides data for missile defense, missile warnings, battlespace awareness and technical intelligence, according to Lockheed Martin.

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