Cape Canaveral, Florida. September 17, 2014 – The U.S. government’s CLIO satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Lift-off occurred at 6:10 p.m. MDT aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. Initial contact with the satellite was confirmed at 9:08 p.m. MDT.
“It is an honor to work with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and all of our mission partners to launch this very important satellite,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs. “Today’s launch marks ULA’s 11th successful mission this year and the 88th successful mission since ULA was formed in December 2006, a true testament to the teams focus on mission success, one launch at a time.”
The CLIO system is based on commercial technology, including Lockheed Martin’s A2100 satellite bus. The A2100 bus is a common framework including the satellite’s solar arrays, propulsion system and core electronics. There are currently more than 40 A2100 spacecraft in orbit with more than 400 collective years of on-orbit service, including both commercial and U.S. government satellites.
The A2100 modular geosynchronous satellite has a design life of 15 years and a flexible payload capacity ideally suited to meet the demand for commercial space systems well into the 21st century—a demand driven by growth in mobile telephony, business services, direct broadcast, internet, multimedia and broadband services.
“We are very proud to deliver mission success for our U.S. Government customer,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Our A2100 bus provides outstanding reliability, flexibility and proven performance, all at an affordable cost to our customers.”
The Atlas V is one of the world’s most reliable launch vehicles, with an unparalleled record of 49 consecutive successful launches.