The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous (GEO-1) developed by Lockheed Martin was enclosed into its payload fairing on April 20th as part of the preparation for lift-off, which was scheduled in May.
The SBIRS will take off onboard from the Atlas V rocket at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch of SBIRS would help in improving the missile warning systems of the nation. Other important missions that would benefit from the launch are technical intelligence, missile defence and battle space awareness.
The GEO-1 consists of highly advanced scanning and starring sensors that are capable of showing high infrared sensitivity; thereby the number of re-visits over the constellation is greatly reduced. The scanning sensor is capable of offering a wide area observation of missile launches and natural processes around the earth. The staring sensor on the other hand is for surveying minor areas with increased sensitivity. The launch of GEO-1 promises accurate surveillance capabilities never seen before, at the global level to benefit the nation and its allies.
The Infrared Space Systems of the U.S Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center guides SBIRS team. Lockheed Martin is the primary contractor for this project, with Northrop Grumman being the payload integrator. Lockheed Martin has its head quarters at Bethesda, Md and is a global security company.