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News Archive / Tagged: Vulcan

  • Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine

    Bart LeahyOctober 21st, 2017

    Blue Origin is moving forward with its rocket development program, hot-firing a 550,000-pound-force (2,446.5-kilonewton) thrust liquid natural gas / liquid oxygen BE-4 engine at its facility in Texas this week.

  • ULA, Bigelow Aerospace set sights on lunar orbit outpost

    Bart LeahyOctober 19th, 2017

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace are teaming up to send an inflatable space station to low-lunar orbit by 2022. The effort will feature a series of launches aboard ULA’s new Vulcan rocket using its Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage (ACES) to make Bigelow’s B330 habitat a depot to facilitate future exploration and development of the Moon.

  • Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine test hardware suffers failure

    Derek RichardsonMay 16th, 2017

    In a tweet on Sunday, May 14, 2017, NewSpace company Blue Origin announced it had lost a set of powerpack test hardware for its BE-4 engine in development. No details were released as to what happened or why.

  • Russia claims U.S. will continue to purchase RD-180 engines

    Lloyd CampbellApril 22nd, 2017

    On Friday, April 14, 2017, Yuri Vlasov, CEO of the United Rocket and Space Corporation, stated that the RD-180 engines, which currently power the Atlas V booster, would be delivered to the United States until 2024–2025.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne tests AR1 engine component

    Scott JohnsonJune 21st, 2016

    Aerojet Rocketdyne (Rocketdyne) announced on June 17 that its AR1 engine preburner had achieved full-power—verifying injector design parameters—during a series of tests earlier this month at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Mississippi.

  • Vulcan Centaur completes Preliminary Design Review

    Jason RhianMarch 25th, 2016

    The new rocket that Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) is planning on launching as soon as 2019 has completed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The version of the booster that underwent the PDR includes two Blue Origin BE-4 rocket engines in its first stage.

  • Backup engine for ULA’s Vulcan rocket completes design review

    Jason RhianDecember 21st, 2015

    ULA new "Vulcan" booster has been developed to be reliable, as such, some of its key systems have backups. While ULA has tapped Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine to power the new rocket's first stage, the firm has also been developing a backup engine for the rocket as well – Aerojet Rocketdyne's AR-1. That engine has recently completed a milestone in its development.

  • ULA selects Orbital ATK’s GEM 63/63 XL SRBs for Atlas V and Vulcan boosters

    Jason RhianSeptember 23rd, 2015

    United Launch Alliance announced on Sept. 22, 2015, that it had selected Solid Rocket Boosters produced by Orbital ATK on the venerable Atlas V and forthcoming Vulcan launch systems. The GEM 63 will replace Aerojet Rocketdyne's AJ-60A SRBs on upcoming flights of the Atlas V, and the XL version of the booster has been selected to aid certain versions of Vulcan aloft.

  • ULA and Blue Origin announce production agreement for BE-4 Engine

    Jason RhianSeptember 12th, 2015

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin announced on Thursday, Sept. 10, that the two companies had entered into an agreement to expand the production capabilities of Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine, which is planned for use on ULA's new Vulcan rocket.

  • United Launch Alliance worth more than $2 billion

    Jason RhianSeptember 11th, 2015

    Reports appearing in The Wall Street Journal, The Verge, Reuters, Universe Today and elsewhere have repeatedly stated that rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne has posted an offer to buy United Launch Alliance for $2 billion.

  • Antares, Vulcan: Tough times ahead for Aerojet Rocketdyne

    Jason RhianApril 22nd, 2015

    When the Antares booster lifted off on October 28, 2014, under Orbital ATK’s third operational cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station (ISS), it seemed like the concept to fly critical supplies and experiments to the ISS using 40-year-old Russian-built engines had been validated. Twelve seconds later, that perception changed as the rocket and its […]

  • Forged in fire, ULA’s new rocket, Vulcan, revealed

    Scott JohnsonApril 14th, 2015

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Yesterday afternoon, at the 31st Annual Space Symposium, Tory Bruno, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance (ULA ) made a much anticipated announcement concerning its new launch vehicle. Until today, the new rocket has been known as the Next Generation Launch System (NGLS). However, the vehicle is now known as Vulcan […]

  • A new partnership: Sierra Nevada and Stratolaunch join forces

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 6th, 2014

    A presentation by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Stratolaunch investment group, Vulcan Inc., were one of the highlights at Toronto’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC2014) on Wednesday, Oct. 1. One day earlier on Sept. 30, SNC announced a new design for an integrated human spaceflight system. The unique Dream Chaser-Stratolauncher design involves a scaled version of […]