Frequently Asked Questions

We Value Results over Rhetoric

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is the nation’s most experienced space launch service provider with more than 100 successful missions to locations throughout our solar system. With reliability and mission assurance unmatched by any other launch company, ULA is the only U.S. space launch provider capable of launching the full range of missions that support our troops and keep our country safe.

A 50-50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company, ULA was formed in 2006 in order to provide the most reliable, safe, and cost-efficient access to space.

Reliable, Safe, and Trusted

Reliable space launch is one of the most high-risk-and technologically advanced elements of our national security. There is literally no room for error when it comes to successfully delivering the satellites into orbit.

Since ULA’s inception, we have achieved 100 percent mission success on more than 100 launches delivering critical national security assets safely to space for the Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, NASA, and commercial customers. Collectively, ULA – and our rocket families Atlas and Delta – have flown more than 1,300 missions and represent more than a century of combined launch experience. This level of experience, reliability, and mission assurance is unmatched by any other launch company in the world.

Made Proudly in America

Major fabrication, assembly and integration operations for the Atlas and Delta launch vehicles are conducted at ULA’s 1.6 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility located in Decatur, Alabama. Program management, engineering, test and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and Atlas V mechanical structures, payload fairing and adapter fabrication and assembly take place in Harlingen, Texas. Launch operations are located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg AFB, California.

ULA is proud to provide approximately 3,400 high-skilled jobs for Americans. In addition, we support a robust network of more than 1,600 suppliers, including 650 small businesses, across 46 states and 50,000 direct supplier and support jobs.   

Real-world Benefits

ULA is bringing rocket science down to earth through some of the most important real-world benefits to our country. Atlas and Delta launch systems have carried a variety of payloads including weather, telecommunication, and national security satellites, as well as deep space and interplanetary exploration missions in support of scientific research.

When it comes to securing the nation, ULA has launched more than 50 satellites into orbit that keep our troops safe by monitoring enemies and enabling positioning for our military’s precision-guided weapons. From helping first-responders find victims faster to tracking hurricanes and severe storms for the National Weather Service, the satellites launched by ULA are there to help when every second counts.

ULA missions are also helping to advance human understanding of outer space through the Mars and Kepler Telescope space programs. Additionally, in December 2014 ULA launched the first flight test of the Orion Exploration Vehicle, which traveled into space 15 times further than the International Space Station – the farthest space travel in 40 years.