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ULA Struggles With Old Engines and New Business Realities

By Keith Cowing
April 28, 2016
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ULA Struggles With Old Engines and New Business Realities

House panel doubles authorized purchase of Russian rocket engines, The Hill
“The House Armed Services Committee voted Thursday morning to double the allowed purchase of Russian-made rocket engines from nine to 18, despite a desire to develop an American-made alternative. The committee adopted the amendment, by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), by voice vote, after vigorous debate that did not fall along party lines. The Air Force relies on United Launch Alliance — a Lockheed and Boeing joint venture — for its sensitive national security space launches, which uses a launch vehicle reliant on the RD-180 engines.”
ULA rival SpaceX awarded its 1st Air Force satellite launch contract,
“ULA has since tried to lower its launch costs, shedding workers and re-engineering its processes to be able offer launches below $100 million. The 3,700-employee company is offering early retirement and employee buyouts this year and in 2017 in an effort to trim down to about 3,000 employees at its five locations nationwide.”

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