Space

September 9, 2013

Lockheed awarded Atlas launch services contract for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been selected by the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, a government agency of Mexico, to provide commercial launch services using the Atlas V launch vehicle for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite (also known as MEXSAT-2).

The launch is scheduled to occur as early as 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Morelos-3 will be the third of three communications satellites that comprise the MEXSAT communications satellite system. MEXSAT is a constellation of satellites owned by Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes and operated by Telecomunicaciones de Mexico that delivers advanced telecommunications throughout Mexico.

“We are extremely pleased to be selected for this vital mission that will provide the government of Mexico with world class Atlas launch services for the Morelos-3 satellite, supporting the nation’s growing satellite communications needs, said Robert R. Cleave, President, Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.

Lockheed Martin is the exclusive provider of commercial Atlas rockets. With dedicated launch sites, unparalleled orbital insertion accuracy, and 110 consecutive successful launches to date, Atlas is unmatched for performance, reliability and schedule assurance in meeting global satellite customer needs.
The MEXSAT program provides communications to rural zones as a complement to other networks and will also provide secure communications for Mexicoís national security needs. Satellite services include education and health programs, voice, data, video and internet services.

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a business unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, markets the Atlas V to commercial satellite customers worldwide and also offers Athena launch services for small satellites and multi-payload RideShare missions. LMCLS is responsible for contracts, marketing, sales and mission management for commercial and international government Atlas missions and all Athena missions.

Under subcontract to LMCLS, United Launch Alliance provides Atlas launch vehicles and launch support services.

Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes is a Mexican government agency with a primary objective to promote secure, efficient, and competent transport and communications systems through the design of strategies that foster economic growth and development.

Telecomunicaciones de MÈxico is a decentralized government agency with 150 yearsí experience in providing communications services in Mexico, and operated the Morelos and Solidaridad satellite systems in the 1980s and 1990s.




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