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Sbirs Geo 1


Also called USA 230

General


Designation 37481 / 11019A
Launch date 7 May 2011
Country of origin United States
Mission Military: InfraRed missile warning
Geostationary orbit maybe 93.7°E
Launch vehicle Atlas 5

Originally planned for launch in 2009. Reached GEO in Jun 2011. Sent first images on 21 June. Declared operational (only) in June 2013.

Carries an infrared telescope with a large focal plane infrared array to monitor large areas of the Earth at once. An internal movable mirror is used to scan the field of view across the visible disk of the Earth looking for possible missile launches.

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