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Created 21-Jan-18
Modified 2-Nov-20
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An Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41 at 7:48 p.m. EDT with the fourth Space-Based Infrared System spacecraft.

The SBIRS spacecraft is outfitted with sophisticated infrared sensors that can instantly detect enemy missile launches and then transmit targeting data so the missiles can be destroyed before they reach their intended destinations.

Photos taken from LC-39 Observation Gantry - a distance of 2.25 miles.