Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 3 Mission Overview

Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 3 Mission ArtworkRocket/Payload:
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 will launch the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 3 mission for the U.S. Air Force.

Date/Site/Launch Time:
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 40-minute launch window opens at 7:42 p.m. EST.

Live Broadcast:
Tune in to ULA’s live launch day broadcast beginning at 7:22 p.m. EST.

Launch Notes:
SBIRS GEO Flight 3 will be ULA’s first launch of 2017 and the 69th Atlas V mission overall. This mission marks the 34th Atlas V mission in the 401 configuration; the two previous SBIRS GEO missions also launched on the Atlas V 401 rocket.

Mission Description:
SBIRS, considered one of the nation's highest priority space programs, is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st century demands in four national security mission areas including: missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

Launch Updates:
To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at, and Hashtags: #SBIRS and #AtlasV.

Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go SBIRS GEO Flight 3!