SBIRS uses infrared surveillance to provide early missile warning for the U.S. military and is considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs. The system includes a combination of satellites and hosted payloads in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) and Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) and ground hardware and software.
Critical information supporting the effective operation of missile defense systems
Comprehensive IR data to help characterize battlespace conditions
Reliable, unambiguous, timely and accurate warning for theater and strategic missile launches
Characterize IR event signatures, phenomenology and threat performance data