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    US Launches Rocket To Detect and Defeat Missiles From Space

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    UPDATE: The US military postponed on Thursday the launch of the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 3 mission until January, 20.

    The satellite is designed to monitor possible missile attacks, one of the nation’s highest priority initiatives for meeting sophisticated 21st century national security threats.

    The Geo-3 satellite mounted on a  Atlas V rocket takes off from Florida. The satellite capitalizes on infrared technology for defense purposes that include missile warning, missile counter-defense, intelligence gathering, and geospatial situational awareness to support troops. The Air Force fired the Geo-1 and Geo-2 satellites into space in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

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