The U.S. Air Force is preparing to launch the third Space Based Infrared System (Sbirs) satellite to geosynchronous Earth orbit on Jan. 19. The satellite will join a constellation that is used to warn against missile launches, support ballistic missile defense and expand technical intelligence gathering. The satellite, now encapsulated in a launch fairing, traveled to Cape Canaveral, Florida, in a C-5 Galaxy airlifter from Sunnyvale, California. The next satellite is scheduled to launch ...

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