United Launch Alliance Launches 50th Successful Commercially Developed Atlas V and Delta IV Rocket

United Launch Alliance Launches 50th Successful Commercially Developed Atlas V
                             and Delta IV Rocket

Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Reduces Cost, While Achieving 100
Percent Mission Success

PR Newswire

CENTENNIAL, Colo., June 21, 2012

CENTENNIAL, Colo., June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA)
successfully launched the 50th commercially developed Evolved Expendable
Launch Vehicle (EELV), following the deployment of the National Reconnaissance
Office's NROL-38 mission yesterday.

Developed by the United States Air Force to provide assured access to space
for Department of Defense and other government payloads, the EELV Program –
comprised of the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles – supports the full
range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and
providing a 33 percent cost savings over the heritage launch systems. 

"The success of the EELV program is unmatched and ULA continues to deliver on
its commitments," said Michael Gass, ULA president and CEO. "We are incredibly
honored to support customers who protect our national security, promote our
quest to explore and understand our environment and universe, and promote

Since the first EELV launch nearly 10 years ago, EELV has delivered tremendous
capabilities for the nation. Atlas V has launched 31 times and Delta IV has
launched 19 times, delivering nine commercial payloads, nine NASA spacecraft
and 32 national security satellites. ULA is on plan to accomplish 11 EELV
launches in 2012 and takes pride in delivering missions on schedule when our
customer's are ready.

"Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles have allowed us to successfully launch 50
nationally critical missions over the last 10 years," said Gen. William L.
Shelton, commander Air Force Space Command. "We are proud of this launch
success record, an amazing record in the history of spaceflight."

The EELV systems were designed to optimize the cost for the entire national
security space mission model. The Air Force is currently implementing a new
acquisition strategy that responds to current budget challenges. The new EELV
acquisition strategy proposes maximizing savings associated with launch by
leveraging more cost-effective U.S. government buying practices, while
enabling new entrants to become certified for launch.

"A properly sized economic order quantity buy for launch services enables
continued success and reliability, maximizes cost reduction, allows
opportunity for new entrants as they mature, and stabilizes a critical
supplier base and workforce," said Gass. "This buying approach represents the
greatest potential acquisition savings for the EELV Program and the U.S.

The EELV Program development was initially contracted in October 1998, and
both the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles were conceived, designed and
developed in just four years with the first flight of an EELV occurring in
August 2002.

"Although the EELV Program was created by the Air Force, the Atlas V and Delta
IV launch vehicles were designed and developed by Lockheed Martin and The
Boeing Company, respectively, and the companies contributed 80 percent of the
development funding," said Gass. "Those substantial upfront investments make
the Atlas and Delta vehicles the most commercially-developed launch vehicles
flying today."

In addition to the new acquisition strategy, ULA continues to work toward
reducing costs, with programs in development to include implementation of a
common set of next-generation avionics for both Atlas V and Delta IV,
implementation of substantial reductions in production and launch span times,
and development of a dual launch capability which can achieve a 40 percent
savings per mission launched. 

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

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA Web site at www.ulalaunch.com, or
call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the
conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch and twitter.com/ulalaunch.

SOURCE United Launch Alliance

Website: http://www.ulalaunch.com
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