Colorado-born missile detection satellite launches for U.S. military

Colorado-born missile detection satellite launches for U.S. military
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A United Launch Alliance rocket carried a missile-detection satellite into orbit for the U.S. military Thursday, the final satellite in a series designed and partly built in Colorado. Centennial-based ULA's Atlas V launch vehicle blasted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base in Florida at 4:39 a.m. MT with the U.S. Space Force’s newest Space-based Infrared System (SBIRS) geostationary satellite, built by Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin Space. ULA declared the launch a success later, marking the company’s 152nd consecutive successful launch and prompting congratulations from Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force.