A $1.2 billion missile warning satellite was sent into orbit by an Atlas V rocket on Friday night. This event took place hours before the federal government was in danger of being shut down due to budget problems. Then, at around 7.48 the United Launch Alliance rocket carried more than 1 million thrust and deployed with a 10,000 pound addition to an Air Force constellation.
Nuclear threats are present?
The rocket served as a warning of the ballistic missile launches around the globe and the nuclear threats taking place nowadays. Capt. Krystin Cooper from the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in L.A has declare that America and its allies are getting more and more threats each day and it is imperative to detect missile launches accurately in order to prepare defense.
The forth member of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) is bound for a geosynchonous orbit 22,300 miles over the Equator and the Lockheed Martin-built satellite allows for global coverage. In 2021 and in 2022 other two satellites will be launched as well.
Two missions in a brief amount of time
ULA also had another launch on the 12th of January from California, the 75th launch using an Atlas V rocket. Also, another Atlas V rocket is being prepared for the 1st of Mart from Cape Canaveral by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture. It will contain a next-generation weather satellite for the National Oceanic and for the Atmospheric Administration.
It seems that fears about a nuclear war might be getting real. North Korea is being more and more brutal against the US and its allies. Hopefully the world is not heading towards that direction as it might be impossible to recover from something of that magnitude.