After 11 years and an unbroken string of 126 successful missions, United Launch Alliance (ULA), a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, is in a fight for survival. Forged in December 2006 with the blessings of the U.S. Air Force to ensure two independent routes to space for national security and military payloads, it faces at least three competitors for next-generation Launch Service Agreement (LSA) development contracts intended to spawn two new orbital launch systems beginning in ...

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