Orbital ATK plans to start ground tests next year of first elements for an all-new, next-generation launch vehicle to compete for the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. The company disclosed details of the plan on Jan. 14 following revelations from the Air Force that awards made to the company the previous day for work on new boosters and a modified upper-stage engine were destined for an “Orbital ATK next-generation launch vehicle.” The ...

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