Advanced Technology Demo Launch for Lockheed Martin Space Systems

December 19, 2007

Mission Objective

Lockheed Martin contracted with UP Aerospace of Highlands Ranch Colorado to provide launch operations for a small demonstration launch at Spaceport America. The launch of the research vehicle was provided by UP Aerospace's launch facilities and three man launch crew. All of the preparations and the launch itself was completed in record time from contract signing to liftoff in less than three months time.


The secret test flight last December was a Lockheed Martin research vehicle that UP Aerospace launched using our ground operations equipment, launcher and three man launch crew", said Jerry Larson, president of UP Aerospace Inc. Larson went on to say, "Telemetry systems tracked the vehicle through the entire flight and we recovered and returned the vehicle to Lockheed Martin in just a few hours... a very happy customer." (Credit: Space News) 

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Demo Launch

Above Photo: Lockheed Martin's technology demonstration vehicle lifts off from the UP Aerospace launch complex at Spaceport America in Southern New Mexico on December 19, 2007 (Credit: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company)