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Buying/Selling ULA: The Four Amigos Continue To Squabble

By Keith Cowing
September 25, 2015
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Buying/Selling ULA: The Four Amigos Continue To Squabble

Aerojet weighs higher offer for Lockheed-Boeing venture – sources, Reuters
“Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc is considering raising its $2 billion offer for United Launch Alliance, a rocket launch venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, but faces big hurdles after a public rejection of the bid last week, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. … The sources said Aerojet faces an uphill climb given growing tensions between the two companies over the past few years. This week ULA dumped Aerojet as its solid rocket motor supplier and signed a long-term deal with its rival Orbital, which is not currently in that business.”
Aerojet to pay Orbital $50 million over Antares rocket accident, Reuters
“Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc will pay Orbital $50 million to settle a dispute stemming from an Antares rocket launch accident last year that destroyed a load of cargo bound for the International Space Station, Aerojet said on Thursday.”
United Launch Alliance Selects Orbital ATK to Provide Solid Boosters for Atlas V and Vulcan
“Today United Launch Alliance and Orbital ATK, Inc. announced a long-term strategic partnership in which Orbital ATK will become the sole provider of solid rocket boosters for ULA’s Atlas V and Vulcan launch vehicles, effective in 2019 when the new motors are ready for launch.”
ULA, The Four Amigos, and The Future of Competition in Space Commerce, earlier post
“But wait: the same Aerojet Rocketdyne/Boeing/Lockheed Martin/Orbital ATK crowd (aka “The Four Amigos” in industry circles) is also building SLS – and ULA was always a sanctioned monopoly (until SpaceX showed up and spoiled that party). Everyone seems to be hedging their bets these days via acquisitions and consolidations – instead of trying to build newer and better rockets that actually do things more cheaply/efficiently – except SpaceX, I guess.”

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