United Launch Alliance To Launch Missile Warning Satellite For Space Force

United Launch Alliance will launch a SBIRS GEO-6 missile warning satellite for the U.S. Space Force on Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SBIRS GEO-6 is an augmented space vehicle built by Lockheed Martin that provides ULA using its modernized LM2100 combat bus.

These infrared sensors and a constellation of other persistent overhead satellites, collect data that allows the US military to detect missile launches.

Thursday's launch marks ULA's fifth launch of 2022, and there will be three more National Security launches on the Atlas V before ULA switches to its new Vulcan Centaur.

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) full moon sets in preparation for a test at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on June 15, 2022.

Matt Blystone, program manager for the Space Force's Space Systems Command, said the launch

Global ballistic missile threats spearhead global missile alert," ULA said.

Weather forecasters with the Space Force's 45th Weather Squadron predicted a 70% chance of favorable weather during the launch window.