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Oct 12, 2009 5:03 PM by Associated Press

Lockheed Martin launches test flight in New Mexico

Officials say Lockheed Martin successfully launched a test flight vehicle over the weekend at New Mexico's spaceport.

Spaceport officials say the brief flight Saturday was not publicized in advance because Lockheed Martin is testing "proprietary advanced launch technologies." The launch was overseen by UP Aerospace, the third launch this year by the Colorado-based firm.

The company plans to double its number of customer launches from Spaceport America to six or more in 2010 as demand for the company's services increases.

In May, UP Aerospace provided services for an educational launch for New Mexico students, and in August, the firm did a successful test flight launch for Florida-based Moog-FTS. UP Aerospace first launched from Spaceport America in September 2006.

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