ULA Promotes Delta IV Heavy for LEO, Lunar Missions

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy.

United Launch Alliance seems to now making a major push to become one of the rocket transportation options of choice for NASA. The Dacatur Daily reports:

Among the tasks in which ULA believes it could play a valuable role:

  • Building a heavy-lift rocket to lift the crew capsule.
  • A rocket for taking crew to low-Earth orbit or the International Space Station.
  • Use of the Delta IV to launch an Orion crew capsule in missions beyond low-earth orbit.
  • Technological assistance on all aspects of a revised program of manned space flight.


Colorado Governor Congratulates Lockheed Martin, ULA on NASA Launch Agreement

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy.


Gov. Bill Ritter today congratulated two Colorado aerospace companies for winning NASA contracts. Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver and United Launch Alliance of Littleton were two of four companies awarded contracts by NASA to be used for various NASA satellite launch projects.

“Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance are two great companies at the forefront of one of Colorado’s largest and most innovative economic sectors,” Gov. Ritter said. “The fact that two out of the four contracts awarded were to Colorado companies, highlights the strength of the aerospace industry here in Colorado. This will add jobs to an industry that is already strong in this state and position the aerospace industry to continue to be a huge part of Colorado’s future.”

The contract has the ability to service 70 launch missions for NASA with a combined value of up to $15 billion for the four companies receiving awards. The other two companies awarded contracts were Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, VA., and Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne, CA.

Shelby: I Can’t Quit You, Shuttle!

Sen. Richard Shelby

The Decatur Daily explains how the United Launch Alliance facility in Dacatur, Ala. got no love from Sen. Richard Shelby:

As U.S. senators carved up the leftovers of NASA’s Constellation program for their states, most of the meat went to Utah and Huntsville.

United Launch Alliance, with its assembly plant in Decatur, got the bone.

The ranking Republican member of the committee that wrote the budget authorization that would effectively exclude ULA from participating in the development of a heavy-lift rocket was Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa.


DOD Says Boeing Improperly Billed Them $271 Million for Delta IV Work

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy.

Boeing Should Lose $271 Million of Rocket Billings, Audit Says
Bloomberg News

Boeing Co. should lose as much as $271 million in government payments for satellite launch services because the No. 2 U.S. defense contractor violated federal accounting rules, the Pentagon’s audit agency said.

The Defense Contract Audit Agency, in a July 23 report, said the Pentagon should require Boeing to reimburse $72 million that was previously paid, agency director Patrick Fitzgerald said in an e-mail statement.


XCOR, ULA Team Up to Develop New Engine Technology

XCOR's Mark Street makes an adjustment to a fitting on the pump apparatus prior to an LH2 test.


XCOR Aerospace, the developer of the Lynx, a manned suborbital spacecraft and related technologies, and United Launch Alliance (ULA), the primary launch services provider to the US Government, announced the first successful demonstration of XCOR’s long life, high performance piston pump technology with liquid hydrogen.


Delta Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Another Successful Launch


Celebrating 50 years of launch for one of the most successful rocket programs in U.S. history, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV successfully launched the Air Force’s Global Positioning System IIF SV-1 spacecraft at 11 p.m. EDT yesterday from Space Launch Complex-37.  GPS IIF SV-1 marked the 349th launch in the Delta program’s 50 year history, which began with its first launch on May 13, 1960.


NASA’s $50 Million Commercial Crew Investment to Fund Different Approaches

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser - a seven-person space shuttle designed for orbital flight.
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser - a space shuttle designed for orbital flight and ISS servicing.

The $50 million in contract awards that NASA announced earlier this month will fund a number of approaches to commercial human spaceflight, including a new capsule and a small space shuttle. The space agency also spread out awards between newer, entrepreneurial companies and established aerospace giants.


NASA Awards $50 Million to 5 Companies for Commercial Crew Work


NASA has awarded $50 million through funded agreements to further the commercial sector’s capability to support transport of crew to and from low Earth orbit. This step is the first taken by NASA consistent with the president’s direction to foster commercial human spaceflight capabilities.


Space Florida Transfers Launch Pad Lease to United Launch Alliance



Today, a conduit financing package was approved by the Space Florida Board of Directors to reassign the lease for Launch Complex 41 (LC-41) to United Launch Alliance (ULA). The renovation and upgrade of the launch complex infrastructure was originally funded by the State of Florida, through Space Florida’s legacy organization Florida Space Authority, and completed for use by Lockheed Martin. In 2005, Lockheed and Boeing formed ULA, a joint venture that operates government space launch systems, including the Atlas V rockets that currently launch from LC-41. Through this conduit financing agreement, the lease will be transferred to ULA, and the Atlas V mission will continue to utilize Complex 41 to provide reliable launch services on its Atlas V in support of the Air Force and NASA. ULA employs approximately 700 people in the Cape area.


Boeing Exec: 10K Layoffs Possible

Boeing’s Shaw Warns Of Space Job Cuts
Aviation Week

The ‘big five’ US space companies could lose up to 10,000 jobs over the next few years unless the government accelerates procurement of first elements of the Constellation family’s Ares V and Altair programs, warns Boeing’s Space Exploration division head Brewster Shaw.


NASA Gives ULA $600 Million Contract for Atlas V Launches


NASA has selected United Launch Alliance of Littleton, Colo., for the launch of two Science Mission Directorate and two Space Operations Mission Directorate payloads under the NASA Launch Services contract.

The launches will occur on Atlas V expendable launch vehicles. The total value of the award is approximately $600 million, which includes the launch services for the rockets, plus additional services under other contracts for payload processing, launch vehicle integration, and tracking, data and telemetry support.