The United States Air Force has moved the launching of the military satellite into space that aims to thwart possible missile attack from enemies to Friday, January 20 at 7:42 EST. The lift off was initially scheduled on Thursday, but was moved a day later due to some technical glitches. Its launch site will be in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
According to SPACE, the launch date was moved after aerospace engineers detected two technical issues on the miltary satellite. It showed that the military aircraft had a sensor issue as well as the “intrusion of an aircraft into restricted airspace.” Just like as previously planned, the launch will be shown live via live streaming on YouTube.
Military Satellite Sent To Detect, Intercept Missiles
The military satellite, called as the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS), will be the third of its kind to be sent to the space. It will be launched with a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket into space. Once it reaches its destination, the satellite will play a crucial role in deterring possible missile attacks.
According to ULA report, the SBIRS GEO-3 can detect any missile launches from anywhere in the world. Aside from that, it can also determine where it is headed. The launch date has been originally set in October 2016, but was stalled due to engine issues. But military officers are confident that tomorrow’s launch will push through as planned.
“The SBIRS spacecraft are also tasked with missions described as Technical Intelligence and Battlespace Awareness, using their sensors to identify and analyze the signatures of events producing infrared radiation and to collect data on the conditions of battlefields to aid strategic planning,” ULA wrote in a report.
But apart from deterring oncoming missiles, the SBIRS GEO-3 can also perform other surveillance functions. Most importantly, this military missile is also capable of intercepting missile from enemies. This technology, ULA noted will enable military officers to effectively create actions once a missile has been launched toward the U.S from an enemy.