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Air Force Finally Prepares For First Sbirs GEO Launch
After nearly 15 years of development work, more than eight years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, the first of the U.S. Defense Department's new early missile warning satellites is finally poised for launch.
The Space-Based Infrared System (Sbirs) geosynchronous (GEO) satellites will provide a new generation of IR sensors designed to detect ballistic missile launches—including “dim,” short-range boosts—faster than today's Defense Support Program (DSP) constellation.