Launch Services

Your Mission is Our Mission

Confidence of mission success and schedule reliability – ULA creates value through certainty. 

Mission success is essential for security, science, lifestyle – and the bottom line. Achieving mission success is complex; it requires dedication grounded in true partnerships across the operator, spacecraft manufacturer and launch vehicle. That’s why ULA’s launch service offerings are designed to provide transparency with a commitment to customer needs.

ULA provides responsive launch solutions tailored for customer requirements for space access in a dynamic environment. ULA’s RapidLaunch provides the industry’s fastest integration timeline, from contract signing to launch in as little as three months. Our multi-manifest capabilities enable optimal performance utilization – providing ability to orbit small spacecraft in conjunction with a primary mission.

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For more than a decade, ULA has served as the premier launch provider for U.S. government and commercial customers. Our unrivaled capability and record of mission success have made ULA the launch provider of choice for critical and high-value space assets. We bring unmatched expertise to the challenges of rocket science.

Atlas V

The Atlas V family of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV) represents ULA's commitment to enhanced competitive launch services for the U.S. government. Since their debut in August 2002, Atlas V vehicles have achieved 100 percent mission success over more than 70 launches. Built modularly with flight-proven elements, Atlas V has followed a carefully executed program of incremental improvements resulting in 100 percent mission success. Providing customers with maximum flexibility, capability and reliability has been the foundation of the Atlas program, which has logged more than 600 launches to date.

See Atlas V page for more details.

Delta IV

The Delta IV family of launch vehicles combines design simplicity, manufacturing efficiency, and streamlined mission and vehicle integration to meet customer requirements to launch high-priority U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, NASA and commercial payloads to orbit.

See Delta IV page for more details.

Vulcan Centaur

Vulcan Centaur is an evolution of the proven Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles. With the introduction of the Vulcan Centaur, ULA is transforming the future of space launch — making it more affordable, accessible, and commercialized. We are innovating to develop solutions to one of the nation’s most critical needs: reliable access to space.

See Vulcan Centaur page for more details.

Spacecraft don't provide mission value on the ground. Launch is a critical milestone, which constrains timelines and flexibility in operations. Sometimes mission needs and business plans necessitate a responsive launch solution and rapid access to orbit.

ULA's RapidLaunch offering enables launch in as few as three months from contract signing, the shortest integration in the industry today. By leveraging our unique capabilities in spacecraft integration, mission design and rocket science, we provide launch campaign timelines optimized to achieve mission and business objectives.

RapidLaunch changes the value proposition for launch. It returns power to the spacecraft operator to define the launch timeline and meet operational needs. Coupled with ULA’s record of reliability and schedule assurance, RapidLaunch creates value unmatched by other launch service providers.

For more information about RapidLaunch or to inquire about manifest availability for your missions, please contact us.

Harnessing the potential of space provides unparalleled benefits for humanity. However, access to orbit remains a critical hurdle for many missions. This is an especially difficult challenge for small spacecraft for which a dedicated launch is out of reach.

ULA's rideshare capabilities provide a solution to overcome this barrier. Rideshare on an Atlas V or Vulcan Centaur provides a low-cost, highly reliable and schedule certain launch solution for spacecraft ranging from cubesats to ESPA-class and beyond. Our long history of rideshare mission success includes partnerships with NASA, the Air Force and commercial customers – delivering missions to orbits from LEO to the moon.

For more information about ULA’s rideshare capabilities, email us.

Few assets are as costly or as valuable as a spacecraft. From spacecraft order through full on-orbit life, a spacecraft program can cost and generate billions of dollars.

Within a spacecraft lifecycle, launch is a singularly important event and entails inherent risk. ULA recognizes this importance and understands the risk. That’s why we place our customers’ mission success above all else. We partner with customers and spacecraft manufacturers, providing transparency throughout the launch campaign.

For ULA, transparency is in our culture and part of day to day activities. We actively work with our customers and provide access to critical data, insight into operations and engaged communication throughout the mission integration process. Our customers receive the detail they need to manage their mission.

ULA is the only provider capable of launching the country's most critical missions. From Mars rovers to classified national security assets, ULA has worked with our customers to deliver mission success.

Atlas V

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Delta IV

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Vulcan Centaur

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United Launch Alliance Assumes Marketing and Sales for Atlas V Commercial Launches from Lockheed Martin

ULA announced today that it has assumed responsibility for the marketing and sales of Atlas V, the world’s most reliable launch vehicle, from Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.