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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
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ULA picks Blue Origin rocket engine for Vulcan first stage

Capitalism in space: ULA has chosen Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engine to power the first stage of its next generation rocket, which they are now calling Vulcan-Centaur.

Two BE-4 engines will be used to power the Vulcan first stage. The press release does not mention anything about how they plan to recover these first stages. Earlier announcements had said that they would separate from the rocket stage and parachute down to be capture before hitting the ground.

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3 comments

  • geoffc

    Tory Bruno has suggested that recovering the engines is a down the road thing. First iteration won’t do it. Which initially seems silly, but again, SpaceX experimented with recovery until they got it right, so maybe not.

    Time will tell.

  • Chris Cresta

    Will the Vulcan-Centaur eventually be the booster for Boeing’s Starliner?

  • Chris Cresta: A good question. The deal now is to use ULA’s Atlas 5 with Starliner. I assume this will transfer to Vulcan-Centaur but it is also possible that Boeing will keep its options open.

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