Atlas 5 launched into space
May 9, 2011, 5:04 am
On Saturday, May 7 a new military satellite was been launched into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellite is an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket that carried the Space-Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite. The purpose of the spacecraft is to provide missile warning, missile defense, battlefield reconnaissance and technical intelligence for the United States and all of its current allies. The space infrared network includes four satellites that will orbit the Earth at the same speed it rotates 22,000 miles above the ground. More satellites will be added gradually. The original launch date was supposed to be Friday but it was cancelled because of cloudy weather.