Tory Bruno: ULA Submits Bid for USAF Launch Service Phase 2 Competition

Jeff Brody
Tory Bruno

Tory Bruno, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance, has said ULA proposed the Vulcan Centaur rocket system as part of its bid for the second phase of the U.S. Air Force's Launch Service Procurement program.

The company is developing a rocket prototype under an other transaction agreement awarded last year and is scheduled to deliver the platform to Cape Canaveral, Fla., late next year in preparation for an initial flight sometime in 2021, ULA said Monday.

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Blue Origin also received OTAs from the service branch to build the OmegA and New Glenn launch vehicles, respectively.

Bruno noted that ULA aims to help expand U.S. space missions and transform launch operations with its rocket offering.

Personnel at the firm's Decatur, Ala., factory completed the Vulcan Centaur's booster structural test article and has started vehicle fabrication work.

The service branch intends to procure national security space launch services from two companies between fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2024 to carry out missions through fiscal 2027.

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