United Launch Alliance (ULA) has started production of qualification hardware for Vulcan, an evolvable, semi-reusable family of medium- and heavy-lift launch vehicles designed to cut costs, increase performance and end dependence on Russian engines for national security space launches. It is a mission that has shifted dramatically since ULA’s founding in 2006, namely to ensure that the U.S. military has two independent, reliable and economically sustainable routes to space. Toward ...

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