Gardner Congratulates United Launch Alliance on Securing Launch Services Contract for Lucy Mission

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, today announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) located in Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for its Lucy Mission. 


“Today’s announcement that NASA has selected ULA to provide launch services for their Lucy Mission is exciting news for our state, and is a testament to ULA’s highly-skilled workforce and launch success rate,” said Senator Gardner. “Our state’s role in science and space is recognized globally, and I’ll continue working in Washington to ensure that the United States maintains our competitive advantage in aerospace innovation, technology, and ingenuity.”


“NASA has once again placed its confidence in ULA to launch a critical science payload for our nation. We look forward to continued exploration of our universe with the Lucy mission. I am so proud of the men and women who make ULA the world’s premier launch company and are dedicated to reliably launching the most important missions for our nation. We appreciate Senator Gardner’s leadership on aerospace issues in Washington and look forward to continuing our work together in the future,” said United Launch Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Tory Bruno.


Senator Gardner is a strong advocate for Colorado’s aerospace industry. He has fought to bring new space jobs to Colorado, and serves on a key committee with oversight of U.S. space and aerospace policies. 


NASA’s Lucy Mission, currently slated for launch in October 2021, will be launched on an Atlas V rocket and conduct a 12-year expedition to study primitive asteroids that orbit the Sun in tandem with Jupiter, also known as “Jupiter’s Trojans”. The Lucy mission includes serval partners, including the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), located in Boulder, Colorado, as well as Lockheed Martin, located in Denver, Colorado, among others.





Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.