Missile warning satellite SBIRS GEO-6 launched by U.S. Space ForceNews
August 05, 2022
CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, Florida. U.S. Space Force has launched the Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit-6 (SBIRS GEO-6) satellite, which will provide missile warning capabilities to the U.S. military.
The satellite, which was built by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and launched by the United Launch Alliance, is equipped with scanning and staring infrared surveillance sensors to support missile warning, missile defense, battlespace awareness, and technical intelligence missions, according to a Northrop Grumman statement.
This is the final satellite in the SBIRS program series, as GEO-6 joins the Space Force's currently operating constellation of missile warning satellites, Lockheed Martin said in a statement.
SBIRS will be followed by the Next Generation OPIR (Overhead Persistent Infrared) GEO System (NGG).