3/19/2013 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the second Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO-2 satellite into orbit from Space Complex 41 at 5:21 p.m. on March 19.
A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided support to the mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and public affairs.
The launch of SBIRS GEO-2 continues the replacement of the Defense Support Program (DSP) constellation, which has been in operation since 1960. The SBIRS GEO-1 was launched May 7, 2011, also from CCAFS.
"This spacecraft will provide next-generation missile warning, missile defense, and battlespace characterization for the next two to three decades," said Lt. Col. Paul Konyha, 45th Launch Support Squadron commander.
"Once again, the entire team worked hand-in-hand to make this another successful launch for the Air Force and our nation," said Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 45th Space Wing commander. "Our hats go off to them for all their hard work."