Denver, Colo., (Sept. 1, 2010) - United Launch Alliance leveraged a major multi-faceted presence at one of the most important aerospace events of the year this week at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2010 conference in Anaheim, Calif., Aug.30-Sept. 2.

The AIAA Space 2010 conference brought the spectrum of the aerospace community together, including ULA's high-level customers from the U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, NASA and the commercial sector. The conference's close proximity to Los Angeles also allowed opportunities for additional high-level meetings with the Air Force. In addition to the activity at the conference, ULA hosted a special VIP reception for 150 guests at the Discovery Science Center, one of the most prominent hands-on science museums in the nation. ULA sponsors several exhibits within the Boeing Rocket Lab, including the Rocket Fuel station and air and water rockets - activities that align with the company's support of science, technology, engineering and math programming for students.

During the conference, ULA President and CEO Michael C. Gass was awarded the 2010 AIAA George M. Low Space Transportation Award. Gass was honored for his "leadership in combining the Atlas V and Delta II and IV launch vehicle programs in United Launch Alliance while successfully launching 36 rockets in ULA's first 36 months."

"I am honored and humbled to receive the George Low Award," Gass said. "On behalf of the men and women of United Launch Alliance, I am very proud of both our successful formation and our record of mission success. The accomplishments highlighted in the award were achieved by the ULA's dedicated team of space professionals and I am proud of the leadership partnership I share with Dan Collins to enable us to deliver these results for our customers."

The AIAA George M. Low Space Transportation Award honors the achievements in space transportation by Dr. George M. Low, who played a leading role in planning and executing all of the Apollo missions, and originated the plans for the first manned lunar orbital flight, Apollo 8. The award is presented for a timely outstanding contribution to the field of space transportation.

"George Low Space Transportation award recognizes one of the early greats for whose legacy we all honor with  dedication to achieve excellence in the challenging industry of space transportation.  This award reminds me and energizes me to recommit to my responsibility to help mentor and ensure that we do all we can to inspire the next generation of rocket scientists and engineers...and the George Low Award winners of the future," Gass said.

ULA also was a major contributor to the conference's proceedings. ULA representatives participated on 12 panels, ranging in topics from Sustainable Commercial Launch Systems Development and the 21st Century Launch Site to Fuel Depots and Reusable Launch Vehicle Concepts and Technologies. Business Development team members Jon Barr, Mari Gravlee, Mike Holguin, Jeff Patton and Frank Zegler also presented papers on forward-thinking topics like EELV Phase II, CRYOTE, Commercial Crew Development, Human Rating and Exploration Architecture.

The ULA team also presented and staffed one of the more dynamic and engaging exhibits in the conference's exhibit hall.

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