Author Topic: SPECIAL EVENT: George Sowers - ULA VP for Human Launch Services - Q&A  (Read 26433 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

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In association with the United Launch Alliance, NASASpaceFlight.com is proud to host an open Q&A session with ULA's vice president for Human Launch Services, George Sowers.

Dr Sowers is happy to answer questions relating to:

ULA's human spaceflight activities with NASA's recent CCiCap awards announcement:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/atlas-v/

See also:
Commercial Crew Forum Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=56.0

Dream Chaser Articles:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=SNC
CST-100 Articles:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/cst-100/

Questions are also welcomed on:

Orion EFT-1 efforts:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/eft-1/

And SLS:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/hlv/

Schedule:

Wednesday: This thread is open for ONE QUESTION per member. Questions should be sensible and on topic.

Thursday: 10am MDT, Mr Sowers will begin answering selected questions as posts in the thread.


To other media, this is a NASASpaceFlight.com hosted event and copyright rules are - as always - in effect. NSF hold the right to create articles from the resulting answers. Contact chrisbergin@nasaspaceflight.com for inquires.

Online Galactic Penguin SST

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On the future human flights, how would ULA and the customers deal with safety at the management level to ensure that any problems related to astronaut safety and risks of LOM/LOC can be clearly and effectively reported to the highest level?

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Hmm....where can I apply for the job of United Launch Alliance internet cheerleader?

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Thanks for being willing to participate in this event, Mr Sowers.

How much assistance have NASA provided during the Human Rating efforts under the SAA. Does this cooperation model work, in your opinion?

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If I can ask, did ULA have to redesign simulated trajectoriesm etc. for crewed Atlas V missions due to black zones, or was that never a real problem?

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Will ULA be building access towers, etc, for the commercial crew vehicles or is that something the vehicle providers will handle themselves?
When someone is wishing for a pony, there's little to be gained by suggesting a unicorn would be ever better.. ya know, unless it's sarcasm.

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If a fatal accident occurs, what liability will ULA incur?

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And further on pad modifications, what are the plans for the EES (Emergency Egress System), past the use of the lift.

Offline e of pi

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What is the future of RL-10 and Centaur? Are there modifications under consideration to reduce the costs there to improve the costs of ULA vehicles compared to foreign and domestic competition for commercial or DoD launches?

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Currently in the commercial space market, insurance companies indemnify the comsat customers for lost payloads and missions related to launch vehicle performance.  Do you envision a similar situation for commercial crew missions?

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Have you coordinated clocking of the spacecrafts between CST-100 and DC? And with Dragon?

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What is the plan for the first test launch with a crewed vehicle? (Unmanned, a CST-100 or DC, estimated date for this event)?

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What are your thoughts on SLS? I assume ULA are still proponents of the "master plan" with prop depots...

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2009/09/ula-claim-gap-reducing-solution-via-eelv-exploration-master-plan/

..., but does that impact on support for a HLV?

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If NASA ends up picking SpaceX as its only commercial crew provider after the end of CCicap in 2014, would ULA continue its human rating efforts relating to the Atlas V in order to service other companies that would decide to service the non-NASA market (e.g., Blue Origin or perhaps Dream Chaser)?

Second, would you consider human rating the Atlas V Heavy to be used for Orion and will the Atlas V Heavy ever be a reality? 

Can you expand on the work that is being done on the dual centaur and the EDS as part of Boeing's CCiCap base period milestones. After the CCiCap base period, will the dual engine centaur and the EDS essentially be ready?
« Last Edit: 11/14/2012 01:40 PM by yg1968 »

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With the supply of RD-180 apparently finite, are there plans already in the works for a replacement kerolox engine(s) for Atlas V/human rating?

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Have you any information from P&W about how long it would take them to develop and qualify a cheaper modern manufacturing and materials RL-10 version? If you do, about how long would that be? Also the same questions about XCOR’s RL-10 class replacement engine?

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