Author Topic: ULA to Unveil America’s Next Generation Launch System - April 13, 2015  (Read 76058 times)

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Vulcan!

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the new Vulcan rocket
2017 - Everything Old is New Again.
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That was a nice thing with the caps. EDIT: The other caps were the runners up in the naming contest, and he threw them out to the attendees.


(Although it could be spun :P. Chris - is this an update only thread, or an all in one?)
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Launching from existing Atlas and Delta pads according to video

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"Smart Reuse"
Just like Jon Goff described in his blog lo these many years ago.....
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Q&A next

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US is ACES stage 1-4 engines Starting with RL-10s down select to XCOR with IVF and common avionics with standardized versions

Nit: this is actually an optional choice - as guessed earlier the initial configurations will be with the existing Centaur.
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ACES in 2023

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How much does it cost and who is paying for it? ULA and Strategic Partners (ULA owners, Blue Origin and XCOR) paying for it.

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Q&A George S & (forgot name)
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This is probably already known, but documenting it for posterity.

Funding for development is completely out of ULA's profits.
Boeing and LM own ULA 50-50 - but ULA's an independent company. Boeing and LM are investing in the Vulcan, in the sense that they allow ULA to retain profits.


He says they won't turn down help (from government or whoever)


Didn't get whether Blue Origin is funding the engine itself
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Pivots to the propriety of the name ACES, when asked about the time-frame (after a perfunctory answer saying it'll be there for 2023). Someone pointed out that it's the name for an ejection seat (as well as the ACES suit). (So, they might need a different name. The spin begins? :P)
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naming contest for ACES  US on table

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downgrading eventually to 2 pads one on each coast similar the the Titan ITL appraoch

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Did we get this slide yet?

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Launch rate:20 a year is target

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ELC contract has no future plan at this time

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Bruno points out (in defense of ELC) that ULA shuffled manifest 11 times last year at no cost to government.

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Non USAF launches refund $17M per flight.

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Bruno points out (in defense of ELC) that ULA shuffled manifest 11 times last year at no cost to government.

I missed it, but was there a follow up? Did anyone ask how many of those were on account of LV issues, as opposed to payload issues, as well as force majeure circumstances?

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plan extensive pad modifications to support flexibility. Still won't say which pads they'll modify.

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