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United Launch Alliance successfully launches fourth NRO mission in six months

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Canaveral on March 11. The mission is in support of national defense. This marks the fourth NRO launch accomplished by ULA since Sept. 20, 2010 and occurred just six days after the Atlas V launch of the OTV-2 mission.


United Launch Alliance successfully launches second OTV mission

On March 5, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched the second Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-2) for the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) from Space Launch Complex- 41.  The OTV, also known as the X-37B, supports space experimentation, risk reduction, and concept of operations development for long duration and reusable space vehicle technologies.  The first OTV mission was also successfully launched by a ULA Atlas V from Space Launch Complex-41, on Apr. 22, 2010.  It later landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 3. “The ULA team is proud to have played a critical role in successfully launching both of these important missions of the Orbital Test Vehicle for the Air Force RCO,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Mission Operations. “It took a tremendous amount of teamwork to successfully launch both vehicles in less than a year.  I am confident that the information collected by the Rapid Capabilities Office from these missions will lead to even bigger and bolder missions in the future.  Congratulations to the combined Air Force and ULA launch team and our many mission partners that made today’s successful launch possible.”


ULA completes Emergency Detection System abort demonstration

United Launch Alliance (ULA) completed the most significant portion of the final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Emergency Detection System (EDS) project last month, demonstrating the EDS test bed in ULA’s Denver Launch Support Center using the high fidelity Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL).


Third Annual State of DIA Luncheon set for March 16

In 2010 Denver International Airport (DIA) unveiled plans for the South Terminal Redevelopment Program which will transform the airport into an intermodal transportation hub. When completed in 2015, the program's three major elements-rail access to downtown Denver's Union Station, an on-site Westin Hotel, and an outdoor plaza-will elevate DIA as one of the premier airports in the world.


Lockheed Martin, NASA perform flyby of Comet Temple 1

NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft made a Valentine's Day deep-space rendezvous with an object it had been seeking for the past four-and-a-half years. The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built spacecraft flawlessly executed its mission and performed a flyby of comet Tempel 1 at 9:39 p.m. MT on February 14, 2011.


Lockheed Martin ships out first Orion spacecraft

The Lockheed Martin Orion team shipped out the first Orion crew module spacecraft structure today from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. The spacecraft is headed to Lockheed Martin’s Denver, Colo., facilities where it will undergo a series of rigorous tests to confirm Orion’s ability to safely fly astronauts through all the harsh environments of deep space exploration missions.


Small Biz Center offering nine-month coaching program

The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center will offer Denver metro businesses a nine-month coaching program designed to catapult established businesses to the next level of growth. The Growth Catalyst Business Coaching Program is available to business owners who have been operating for at least two years and assists them in establishing a three-year vision for their companies.


NASA Deputy Administrator visits Colorado innovation sites

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver visited Boulder, Colo. today to meet with entrepreneurs and discuss innovations in space exploration and technology development critical to America's future in space.


DIA breaks all-time passenger traffic record in 2010

2010 totals set new records for busiest December, busiest single day and busiest holiday travel season


Colorado ranks 3rd in Technology and Science Index

With competition rising from abroad and federal funding increasingly scarce, states are looking to their own innovation assets as a way to grow and sustain a 21st century economy. Some states, including third-ranked Colorado, have successfully built and leveraged their science and technology resources through investment and long-term planning.