The United Launch Alliance (ULA) intends to incorporate a reusable main engine and reignitable upper stage in its newly dubbed Vulcan rocket, which was unveiled in Colorado Springs on April 13—the eve of the 31st Space Symposium. The company hopes this new rocket will help it substantially reduce its cost of launch—a critical factor, as ULA’s monopoly is eroding—and compete against SpaceX, which is expected to break into the national security launch market with a ...

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