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TuxCare Services Supports Joint NASA/U.S. Geological Survey Mission that Provides a Continuous Global Record of Earth’s Surface

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TuxCare provides Linux support services and live patching for the Atlas V rocket infrastructure, which launches the Landsat 9 Mission

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 28, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket yesterday launched the Landsat 9 observatory into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit for NASA's Launch Services Program. Landsat 9 will extend the legacy of Landsat satellites monitoring the Earth's resources into a fifth decade. The remote-sensing spacecraft's mission is a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and will capture more than 700 scenes of Earth per day.

TuxCare services provide automated security patches and live updates for the systems supporting the Atlas V rocket. Through this work, TuxCare supports NASA’s missions of space exploration and understanding of our own planet.

"Monitoring Earth’s resources is paramount to our ability to keep our planet healthy. TuxCare is proud to do our part to support NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey by providing our Linux Support Services for the systems supporting the ULA’s Atlas V rocket. Live patching critical systems is a key requirement to maintaining availability and enhancing security," said Jim Jackson, president and chief revenue officer of TuxCare.

This will be the 145th mission for United Launch Alliance. It is the 88th Atlas V launch and the 39th in the 401 configuration. ULA boasts a 100% mission success founded on a heritage of more than 600 Atlas program launches. ULA Atlas rockets and its heritage Delta vehicles have launched every successful Landsat mission over the past 49 years.

"We are honored that NASA has entrusted ULA with launching this critical land imaging satellite. We look forward to working together again with our mission partners to contribute to the international strategy for examining the health and state of the Earth," said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and chief executive officer.

About TuxCare

TuxCare is on a mission to make open source Linux enterprise grade by automating, simplifying, and enhancing enterprise Linux operations. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, TuxCare develops Linux kernel live security patching, standard and extended support services for Linux, used by enterprises, service providers, governments, oil and gas companies and universities all over the world.

TuxCare is approaching one million production workloads secured and supported by its services, has more than 4,000 customers and partners globally, and dedicated analysts and developers that together have more than 450 years' worth of Linux experience along with a passion for delivering the best customer care.

About ULA

ULA is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider, with more than a century of combined heritage. ULA has successfully delivered more than 140 missions to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, deliver cutting-edge commercial services and enable GPS navigation.

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Glenn Rossman for TuxCare
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