ULA Successfully Launches SBIRS GEO Flight 5 Mission in Support of National Security | Daily Current Affairs 2021

ULA Successfully Launches SBIRS GEO Flight 5 Mission in Support of National Security

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Atlas V Rocket

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched the Atlas V Rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

  • The Atlas V rocket carrying SBIRS Geo-5 Missile Warning Satellite for the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) lifted off on May 18 at 1:37 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

SBIRS Geo-5 Missile Warning Satellite:

  • The satellite will provide key capabilities in missile warning, battlespace, missile defence.
  • It weighs 4,850 kilograms.
  • As of 2018, ten SBRIS satellites were launched.
  • This was the 87th launch of the Atlas V rocket and the 72nd Atlas V to launch from Space Launch Complex-41 in Florida.

Atlas V:

  • Atlas V is a two-stage rocket which is fueled with rocket grade kerosene and liquid oxygen in its first stage and hydrogen and liquid oxygen in the second stage.
  • The rocket put SBRIS at a height of 35,753 kilo metres.

About SBIRS:

  • SBIRS is an acronym for Space Based Infrared System.
  • SBIRS is designed for missile warning, missile battlespace and defence characterization.
  • It is basically a Space Tracking and Surveillance System.
  • It was designed to meet the Infrared Space Surveillance of the United States Space Force System.

Note: In 2020 alone, the SBRIS satellites detected more than thousand missiles.

About United Launch Alliance (ULA):

  • United Launch Alliance (ULA) is an American spacecraft launch service provider.
  • It manufactures and operates a number of rocket vehicles that are capable of launching spacecraft into orbits around Earth and to other bodies in the Solar System.
  • The company is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Space and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
  • It was formed in December 2006.

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