Lockheed Martin launches Mexico's Morelos-3

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Commercial Launch Services said it has launched the Morelos-3 satellite for Mexico´s Ministry of Communications and Transportation.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 421 carried Mexico´s next-generation communications satellite into orbit.

The launch marks ULA´s 100th mission since the company was formed in late 2006 and the 57th Atlas V launch since the vehicle´s inaugural mission in 2002.

Morelos-3 will join the country´s existing Mexsat constellation as its primary telecommunications satellite, helping to bring end-to-end communications support to areas of national security, civil and humanitarian efforts.

The capabilities of an integrated Mexsat system will enhance Mexico´s disaster relief efforts, emergency services, telemedicine, rural education and telecommunications access for populations in remote locations of Mexico. Support in these areas is instrumental to positioning the country for infrastructure maintainability and future growth.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation´s net sales for 2014 were USD45.6 billion.