United Launch Alliance has successfully launched a Delta IV rocket in a classified mission to place a U.S. intelligence agency’s satellite into orbit.
The national defense mission represents ULA’s second launch this year and 105th since the company was Centennial, Colo.-based company was formed in December 2006 in a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. On Feb. 5, ULA launched an Air Force GPS satellite into orbit.
“Congratulations to the ULA team and our U.S. Air Force and NRO partners on the launch of NROL-45,” said Laura Maginnis, ULA’s VP custom services. “This is our second successful launch within five days for our U.S. government customer, a testament to our outstanding teamwork and focus on 100 percent mission success, one launch at a time. ULA is proud to be entrusted with safely and reliably delivering our nation’s most critical space assets to orbit.”
An Aerojet Rocketdyne engine powered the rocket’s upper stage.
ULA’s next launch will be an International Space Station resupply mission on behalf of NASA contractor Orbital ATK. The Atlas V launch is scheduled for March 22 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.