The United States Space Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO-5 satellite was encapsulated on April 30 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) Florida.
The satellite’s encapsulation within the United Launch Alliance‘s payload fairing represents completion of the final major testing milestone before launch, as well as a key protective measure for the satellite in preparation for its arduous ascent into the earth’s atmosphere.
After encapsulation, GEO-5 was transported to Space Launch Complex-41, where it was mated with an Atlas V rocket. The SBIRS GEO-5 satellite is scheduled for launch on May 17 at 1:35 p.m. EDT. This will be the first National Security Space Launch (NSSL) launch this year from CCSFS.