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ULA Wins Contract for Further Launch Services

As the fiscal year came to an end this weekend the Pentagon closed it out by awarding several FY12 contacts. One of the biggest was to United Launch Alliance (ULA) for launch services in FY 2013.

ULA is a joint venture between Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) and builds Atlas and Delta rockets used to launch military payloads. The overall program is the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). Under the contract ULA provides both the launchers as well as engineering, management and launch activity support.

This part of the contract option for FY13 is worth a little over $1 billion and the number of launches planned for this year was not specified.

The original plan for EELV a decade a go was to support both Boeing and Lockheed as separate launch vehicle providers but eventually the decision was made to establish a joint venture between the two companies as a way to reduce costs.

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ULA Marks Delta 50th Anniversary with Successful Delta IV GPS IIF SV-1 Launch — Press Release

ULA Marks Delta 50th Anniversary with Successful Delta IV GPS IIF SV-1 Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., May. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Celebrating 50 years of launch for one of the most successful rocket programs in U.S. history, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV successfully launched the Air Force’s Global Positioning System IIF SV-1 spacecraft at 11 p.m. EDT yesterday from Space Launch Complex-37. GPS IIF SV-1 marked the 349th launch in the Delta program’s 50 year history, which began with its first launch on May 13, 1960.

“We congratulate the Air Force and our mission partners on the successful launch of the first of the new generation of GPS satellites,” said Jim Sponnick, vice president, Delta Product Line. “Today’s launch comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the first Delta launch and was the 13th mission success for the newest Delta launch vehicle, the Delta IV. The partnership between the Air Force and the Delta team has resulted in the successful launches of many national security missions directly supporting our troops on the battlefield. Launching the first of the next generation of GPS satellites is a great way to start our next 50 years.”

GPS IIF SV-1 is the first in a series of next generation GPS satellites, and following its nearly three hour, 33 minute flight, it joined a worldwide timing and navigation system utilizing 24 satellites, in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane, positioned in orbit approximately 11,000 miles above the Earth’s surface.

During the past five decades, the Delta family of expendable launch vehicles has achieved one of the most successful flight records of any rocket currently in use, with a success rate of 95.7 percent. The Delta II, since its first launch in February 1989 has an incredible 98.6 percent success rate. The December 2009 launch of the NASA WISE mission was the 92nd consecutive successful launch with the Delta II system. The Delta IV, making its debut in November 2002, continues this legacy with 100 percent mission success for its 13 missions in the last eight years.

“Our ULA team is proud of the Delta success record and the contributions it has made to scientific exploration, national defense, and economic prosperity,” Sponnick said. “Delta has been so successful for the last 50 years because of tremendous support from our government mission partners as well as our outstanding suppliers and commercial customers.”

Delta launched some of America’s most famous and successful missions. NASA’s Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, along with the Phoenix Mars Lander, were launched by Delta. Additionally, NASA missions such as Mars Odyssey, Messenger, Dawn, GLAST and THEMIS all began their journeys on a Delta. Numerous national defense missions, the recent GOES series of weather satellites and all current operational GPS satellites on orbit were launch by Delta.

ULA’s next launch is the U.S. Air Force Advanced Extremely High Frequency-1 (AEHF-1) mission scheduled for July 30, aboard an Atlas V from Space Launch Complex-41 here.

ULA program management, engineering, test and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver, Colo. Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations are located at Decatur, Ala., Harlingen, Texas, San Diego, Calif., and Denver, Colo. Launch operations are located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

For more information on the ULA joint venture, visit the ULA Web site at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321).

Source: United Launch Alliance

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U.S. Air Force Awards United Launch Alliance WGS-4 Satellite Launch — Press Release

U.S. Air Force Awards United Launch Alliance WGS-4 Satellite Launch

DENVER, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center recently awarded United Launch Alliance a contract modification to perform the launch services for the Wideband Global SATCOM-4 (WGS-4) satellite aboard a Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. The anticipated launch period is December 2011 – February 2012 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

The WGS-4 mission will be the fourth satellite of the WGS system and the first in the Block II series. The WGS satellites are from the space component of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to America’s troops in the field for the next decade and beyond. WGS enables more robust and flexible execution of Command and Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), as well as battle management and combat support information functions.

WGS-4 will join the existing constellation of the WGS-1, 2 and 3 satellites and provide additional information broadcast capabilities. WGS-1 and WGS-2 were both launched previously on ULA Atlas V rockets on Oct. 10, 2007 and Apr. 3, 2009 respectfully. WGS-3 was launched on a Delta IV on Dec. 5, 2009.

“Following the launch of WGS-3, United Launch Alliance is proud to continue our vital role in providing the latest technology for the warfighter with this contract for the fourth launch of a WGS spacecraft,” said Michael Gass, ULA President and Chief Executive Officer. “The WGS constellation was the first series of satellites to launch on both the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles since the inception of ULA. This operational flexibility for our government customers was a primary reason for the creation of ULA.”

This mission will be launched by the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) configuration using a single common booster core with a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 main engine with four Alliant Techsystems GEM 60 solid rocket motors, a PWR RL10B-2 upper stage engine and a five-meter diameter upper stage and composite payload fairing.

ULA program management, engineering, test and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver, Colo. Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations are located at Decatur, Ala., Harlingen, Texas, and San Diego, Calif. Launch operations are located at CCAFS, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

For more information on the ULA joint venture, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321).

Source: United Launch Alliance

CONTACT: Michael Rein of United Launch Alliance, +1-321-730-5646, cell,
+1-321-693-6250, [email protected]

Web Site: http://www.ulalaunch.com/

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches 36th Mission in 36 Months — Press Release

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches 36th Mission in 36 Months

CAPE CANAVERAL AFS, Fla., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Launching its 36th successful mission in 36 months, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket delivered the Air Force’s third Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-3) satellite into orbit at 8:47 p.m. EST, today. Launching from Space Launch Complex-37, WGS-3 joins the AF’s two other WGS satellites, which both launched on ULA Atlas V vehicles on Oct. 10, 2007, and Apr. 3, 2009.

ULA was formed on Dec. 1, 2006, as a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company, bringing together two of the launch industry’s most experienced and successful teams — the Lockheed Martin Atlas and Boeing Delta teams — that had supported America’s presence in space for more than 50 years. ULA’s first launch occurred only 14 days later as a Delta II rocket launched NROL-21 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., on Dec. 14, 2006. Since then, including today’s mission, 35 more successful launches have occurred from CCAFS and VAFB including 11 Atlas V, 21 Delta II, and four Delta IV missions. It’s noted that two of the four Delta IV missions were the Delta IV Heavy configuration, which launches three common booster cores at once.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our nearly 3,850 ULA employees and our many government partners whom I’m privileged to work with at ULA,” said Michael Gass, ULA President and Chief Executive Officer. “This team of people, with their combined expertise, is the reason for this sustained mission success. When we formed ULA in 2006, our primary mission was to the deliver the highest reliable products for assured access to space for our government and commercial customers. Launching successfully 36 times in our first 36 months of company history is a significant accomplishment as we celebrate our third anniversary.”

The WGS-3 mission is the third installment of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. The WGS satellites are important elements of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capabilities to America’s troops in the field for the next decade and beyond. WGS enables more robust and flexible execution of Command and Control, Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), as well as battle management and combat support information functions. WGS-3 augments the existing service of the WGS-1 and WGS-2 satellites by providing additional information broadcast capabilities.

Jim Sponnick, ULA Vice President, Delta Product Line stated, “ULA congratulates the Air Force and our mission partners on the successful launch of WGS-3. It was appropriate the Air Force, which was one of the primary customers ULA was created to support, was the customer for today’s 36th launch in 36 months. WGS is also the first of the constellation of satellites to launch on both the Delta IV and Atlas V since the formation of ULA. This operational flexibility was a primary reason ULA was formed and we look forward to providing this capability to our government customers for decades to come.”

The mission was the first time the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) configuration was launched using a single common booster core with a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 main engine, four Alliant Techsystems GEM 60 solid rocket motors, a PWR RL10B-2 upper stage engine and a five-meter diameter upper stage and composite payload fairing.

ULA’s next launch, currently scheduled for Dec. 11, is a Delta II carrying the NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission from Space Launch Complex-2 at VAFB with a launch window of 6:09-6:23 a.m., PST.

ULA program management, engineering, test and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver, Colo. Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations are located at Denver, Colo.; Decatur, Ala.; Harlingen, Texas; and San Diego, Calif. Launch operations are located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

For more information on the ULA joint venture, visit the ULA Web site at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321).

Source: United Launch Alliance

CONTACT: Michael Rein, +1-321-730-5646 (Office), +1-321-693-6250 (Cell),
[email protected]

Web Site: http://www.ulalaunch.com/

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National Reconnaissance Office awards launch contract to United Launch Alliance

February 6, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Contract Awards, NRO, space, United Launch Alliance 

United Launch Alliance, a joint effort between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, was awarded a contract by the NRO to launch three satellites. See Bizjournal.com here. NRO runs spy satellites, so one would assume the launches support that.

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