ULA & Bigelow to Announce New Partnership on Monday

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Bigelow Aerospace Founder and President Robert Bigelow and ULA CEO Tory Bruno to Address Media at 4 p.m. MT

What: Media are invited to participate in a news conference on Monday, April 11, at 4 p.m. MT, during which Bigelow Aerospace Founder and President Robert Bigelow and United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno will announce a new partnership.

Since 1999 Bigelow Aerospace’s mission has been to provide affordable destinations for national space agencies and corporate clients. In 2006 and 2007, the company launched orbiting prototypes Genesis I and Genesis II. Bigelow Aerospace seeks to assist human exploration and the discovery of beneficial resources, whether in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), on the moon, in deep space or on Mars.

ULA is the nation’s premier launch services company and is transforming the future of space launch through its innovative new rocket and technology, while significantly reduce the cost of launch services. This partnership will continue making space more accessible for the future.

Where: The news conference will take place at the 32nd Space Symposium, which is held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Media currently registered for the Symposium are invited to attend in person. The press conference will be held on the second floor of the International Center in the Media Center.

Remote participants are invited to watch via webcast: http://www.ulalaunch.com

  • windbourne

    actually, truth be told, my browser and phone does that. I just do not correct it.

  • ThomasLMatula

    The ISS will stay in orbit until some major malfunction causes it to be abandoned and, hopefully, dropped safety into the Pacific. Then NASA, with its been there, done that attitude, will move on to something new. Hopefully by then the success of Bigelow Aerospace will make whatever it is doing as irrelevant as the SLS is to the future of space development.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Actually you are the one who is funny with your quaint ideas 🙂

    SpaceX is behaving just like Boeing and ULA at the moment. That is why they have their own lobbying group in Washington and have been chasing after the annual CCP awards each year. Like or not, SpaceX for the moment is behaving just like another contractor serving NASA.

  • ThomasLMatula

    As your own time line points out SpaceX had already decided to do the Falcon 9 before the COTS contract was awarded.

    But one reasons case studies are done in business is to see where other paths would lead. As Elon Musk noted in 2008 he had a choice of focusing his money and time on SpaceX or Telsa and letting the other go under. Government subsidies allowed him to do both at a leisurely pace. But without that funding he would have needed to choose and would have likely selected SpaceX since he basically stumbled into Telsa when looking for a better sports car. One wonders how SpaceX would have benefited from his full attention instead of only partial attention while he had to fulfill the terms of his government loan and be the CEO for Telsa. Also you are overlooking how the lack of money tends to bring out the creativeness in entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, which would have also generated benefits.

    So Falcon 9 would have still flown, and it would probably be a leaner and more effective vehicle when it did, as would have been the Dragon.

  • ThomasLMatula

    He stumbled into both Telsa and Solar City. Telsa came about from his seeking a better sports car while Solar City was started by his cousins. Both have distracted him from space. Now, thanks to government subsidies they are generating revenue, but without the prospect of government funding he would have probably done a pass on both ventures and focused on space, his main interest.

    And don’t overlook that his finances were made worst because of the divorce from his first wife at the time. Without being pulled three ways in business, that may have been delayed as well.

  • Hungarian Gas Mask

    This goes to show there are many factors in choosing a launch provider; one of them is the bottom $$$. I guess the demise of ULA is further down the line than some have suggested. It’s good to see competition is alive and well…Congrats to the ULA peps…

  • windbourne

    and yet, you say they are the same and then turn right around and try to blame them for Bigelow not going to space, and all sorts of ills that have nothing to do with them.
    Your hatred of SpaceX is just amazing.