ULA has accelerated delivery of its required Russian rocket engines in anticipation of worsening relations with Russia and with members of Congress.


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The competition heats up: ULA has accelerated delivery of its required Russian rocket engines in anticipation of worsening relations with Russia and with members of Congress.

ULA presently is the only company the Air Force uses to launch its military satellites, and members of Congress are questioning this monopoly in the context of the situation in the Ukraine as well as SpaceX’s lawsuit challenging it.

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  • Kelly Starks

    >…members of Congress are questioning this monopoly …

    Might have wanted to consider this before, rather then just being happy with the cost savings from it.

  • geoffc

    The real question is, what payloads can ULA not launch on a Delta 4? If so, switch over to the D4 and ditch the Atlas V, and get off the Russian teat. Additionally, larger manufacturing runs of the single design would be cheaper than 2. Or split into two companies and compete as it was designed initially.

  • Kelly Starks

    That’s a point but the craft have differences. One reason I think I heard for the Atlas being chosen by Dream Chaser and Boeing is that a Delta carrying them would drop stages in inconvenient places.

    Also the cargo would need to be converted to the different carrier. I remember cargos that converted from shuttle to EELVs had a 30%-40% weight growth of things needed to adapt.

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