Space Based Infrared System High (SBIRS High)
U.S. Air Force El Segundo United States
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The Space Based Infrared System High SBIRS High program is intended to satisfy key requirements delineated in the SBIRS ORD dated August 15, 1996, with Annex 1 dated July 17, 1998, within the available budget and schedule. SBIRS High is an integrated system consisting of multiple space and ground elements, with incremental deployment phasing, simultaneously satisfying requirements in the following mission areas Missile Warning, Missile Defense, Technical Intelligence and Battlespace Awareness. The constellation architecture for SBIRS High includes Highly Elliptical Orbit HEO sensors and Geosynchronous Earth Orbit GEO satellites, in addition to the following ground elements a Continental United States-based Mission Control Station and Mission Control Station Backup, overseas Relay Ground Stations, Mobile Ground Stations, and associated communication links. The first increment of the SBIRS ground system was certified for operations in December 2001 and supports mission processing of the legacy Defense Support Program system satellites and fusion of HEO monotracks and other data. The SBIRS HEO system was certified for the Integrated Tactical WarningAttack Assessment ITWAA mission in November 2008 and technical intelligence mission in August 2009. The SBIRS GEO 1 and 2 systems were ITWAA mission certified in August 2013 and December 2013, respectively.