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SBIRS GEO Flight-4 encapsulation completed

SBIRS GEO 3 (Flight 4) encapsulation

Technicians prepare for the encapsulation of the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 9, 2018. Built by Lockheed Martin, the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite will join three others launched since 2011 to provide early warning of missile launches heading for the United States and its allies. (Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Colorado)

SBIRS GEO 3 (Flight 4) encapsulation

The Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite stands ready for encapsulation Jan. 9, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. (Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Colorado)

SBIRS GEO 3 (Flight 4) encapsulation

Technicians make last-minute preparations for the encapsulation of the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan. 9. GEO Flight-4 will make the journey to Space Launch Complex-41 on Jan. 11, where it will be mated with its Atlas V-411 rocket. It is scheduled for launch on Jan. 18 at 7:52 p.m., Eastern (4:52 p.m. Pacific). (Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Colorado)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

The Air Force's Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Flight-4 (SBIRS GEO-4) satellite completed encapsulation today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.


This encapsulation event is a significant milestone in GEO Flight-4's launch process as it marks the satellite's completion of all major testing milestones prior to launch.


On Jan. 11, GEO Flight-4 will make the journey to Space Launch Complex-41, where it will be mated with its Atlas V-411 rocket. It is scheduled for launch on Jan. 18 at 7:52 p.m., Eastern (4:52 p.m. Pacific).


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