Denver, Friday, October 2, 2015 – Today, the Colorado Space Coalition extends its congratulations to Colorado-headquartered United Launch Alliance (ULA) following the successful launch of the Moreles-3 communications satellite on behalf of Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation.
ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket propelled the mission into space at 6:28 a.m. from Cape Canaveral, with launch services provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services (also headquartered in Colorado). The mission supports the Mexsat system, which promotes national security and civil and humanitarian efforts.
“ULA’s unprecedented mission success—100 successful launches within nine years, nearly one launch per month—is an commendable accomplishment for our state’s aerospace industry,” said Major General Andy Love, Co-Chair of the Colorado Space Coalition. “ULA’s record is one of safety and recognizes the high cost of even a single failure. We laud ULA and its employees on this true milestone in America’s aerospace history.”
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (VIDEO) has named today ULA Day in Colorado to recognize the company’s extraordinary achievement and honor “the most capable launch team in the world for their passion and unwavering commitment to achieving 100 percent mission success and for directly supporting our service members in the national defense of our great nation.” ULA has 3,400 employees, 1,700 of which are located in the Centennial state.
Colorado’s aerospace brand, A Mile Closer to Space, recognizes Colorado’s dynamic aerospace economy, ranking No. 1 per capita for private aerospace workers with 400 aerospace companies and suppliers, a high concentration of major space military centers, and research universities that are leaders in space innovation and producing the next generation of aerospace workers.
About the Colorado Space Coalition
The Colorado Space Coalition (CSC) is a group of industry stakeholders working to make Colorado a center of excellence for aerospace. CSC members--including space companies, military leaders, academic organizations, research centers, and economic development groups--promote Colorado's significant space assets as well as advancing legislation vital to industry growth and success. The CSC is an industry affiliate of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. To learn more, see www.spacecolorado.org and www.metrodenver.org/CSC.
Media contact: Janet Fritz – Senior Director, Marketing and Technology, Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., 303.475.4194