United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Missile Defense Mission
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.,
“Congratulations to our Missile Defense Agency and NASA customers for a tremendous start to this critically important national defense mission,” said
Blasting off from Space Launch Complex 2, the ULA Delta II 7920-10c configuration vehicle featured a ULA first stage booster powered by a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A main engine and nine Alliant Techsystems strap-on solid rocket boosters. An Aerojet AJ10-118K engine powered the second stage. The payload was encased by a 10-foot-diameter composite payload fairing. ULA technicians, engineers, and management worked for more than two years to prepare the vehicle for the STSS ATRR mission.
ULA’s next launch is the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission set to launch
Formed in 2006, ULA combines the successful Atlas and Delta expendable launch vehicle programs offering cost-effective and reliable launch services to U.S. government customers, including the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office and other commercial organizations.
ULA program management, engineering, test and mission support functions are headquartered in
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