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SBIRS GEO-2 Launch Photo Credit: John Studwell
Launch of Atlas V 401 with payload SBIRS GEO-3
Launch scheduled for 20 Jan 17 at 0:46 GMT
Local time 19 Jan 17 at 7:46pm EST
United Launch alliance will launch an Atlas V rocket carrying the SBRIS GEO 3 satellite into orbit for the United States Air Force.
The Altas V will fly in the 401 configuration with a 4 metre payload fairing, no solid rocket motors and a single Centaur upper stage. This is the least powerful of the Atlas V configurations.
The SBIRS GEO 3 satellite will be the third geostationary satellite in the USAF's Space Based Infra Red System. SBRIS is a defence system for missile warning and missile defence.