September 13, 2016 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced a new, revolutionary service called RapidLaunch which provides the customer the fastest schedule from the initial order to launch service in the industry today.
“The priorities of all of our customers include ensuring their spacecraft launches on schedule, securing the soonest possible manifest date and completing the mission with 100 percent success,” said Tory Bruno, ULA CEO and president. “To address these priorities, we have been working on this offering for more than a year, which allows our customers to launch in as few as three months from placing their order.”
RapidLaunch is designed to transform the nature of launch acquisition, contracting, and integration. More importantly, it provides the power to transform satellite operators’ fleet management and operations.
“We have availability on our Atlas V manifest in 2017,” said Kent Lietzau, ULA’s vice president of Business Development. “This service is fast and comprehensive. Our experience base launching all major platforms means confidence for your mission.”
ULA offers schedule certainty allowing on time on-orbit revenue, unmatched reliability with the lowest insurance in the industry, and orbit optimization to extend the lifetime of your spacecraft. In addition to the contracted launch date for your mission, ULA can also assign your spacecraft as a backup to an earlier mission in the event that the earlier mission needs to move, your spacecraft can be pulled forward into that launch slot.
“To accommodate our RapidLaunch customers, we have added additional hardware to the production line, so that we can offer additional vehicles without an impact to our existing customers,” said Lietzau. “We have also moved customization for any particular launch to the last three months of production.”
“ULA is transforming the future of space launch, making it more affordable and accessible for our customers,” said Bruno. “New, innovative services like RapidLaunch are just one way that we are making that future vision a reality.”
ULA’s headquarters are based in Centennial, Colorado.