United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.
Lucy is the first mission to explore and study Trojan asteroids. The Trojans are a type of asteroids that orbit the Sun in two groups, in front of and behind Jupiter in its orbit around our star. Since these asteroids have been in such stable orbits for billions of years, they are of great interest as remnants of early Solar System. Lucy is a NASA mission led by NASA Goddard and Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Over the course of 12 years, Lucy will fly by seven different Trojan asteroids and also one main belt asteroid. The complex trajectory to visit all targets will include several Earth gravity assists.
Height 58.30 Meters
Max Stages 2
Mass To GTO 4950 kg
Liftoff Thrust 3827 kN
Diameter 3.80 Meters
Mass To LEO 9050 kg
Liftoff Mass 590 Tonnes
Launch Success 41
Consecutive Success 41
Maiden Flight 2002-08-21
Launch Failures 0
NASA will host a media briefing about the upcoming launch of the Lucy mission. Lucy will explore multiple asteroids over the course of 12 years.
First of three Earth flybys of NASA's Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids.
Second of three Earth flybys of NASA's Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids.
Flyby of the main belt asteroid (52246) Donaldjohansen asteroid by NASA's Lucy mission.
Flyby of the Trojan asteroid (3548) Eurybates and its satellite Queta by NASA's Lucy mission.
Flyby of the Trojan asteroid (15094) Polymele by NASA's Lucy mission.
Flyby of the Trojan asteroid (11351) Leucus by NASA's Lucy mission.
Flyby of the Trojan asteroid (21900) Orus by NASA's Lucy mission.
Third and final Earth flyby of NASA's Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids.
Flyby of the Trojan binary asteroid pair (617) Patroclus and Menoetius by NASA's Lucy mission.