- Parabolic Arc
- October 2, 2023
ULA Could Be Major Player in NASA’s New Commercial Launch Strategy
NASA could be rocketing to United Launch Allianceâ€™s sweet spot
Denver Business Journal
[CEO Michael] Gass also described a future for NASA that, without his quite saying it, sounded like the agencyâ€™s human space flight strategy is drifting into the ULAâ€™s sweet spot as a business….
The shuttles retire later this year. America will rely afterward on seats NASAâ€™s buying aboard Russian Soyuz capsules to get astronauts to the ISS until a domestic rocket is available.
ULA, particularly its Atlas V rocket, is an obvious candidates for some kind of role, perhaps becoming NASA certified as safe to carry astronauts (whatâ€™s known as â€œhuman ratedâ€).
Gass suggested human rating isnâ€™t a significant leap for his company. It already sends the governmentâ€™s most sensitive satellites aloft, he said.
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