OOA composites in next-generation launch systems
As United Launch Alliance ULA replaces Atlas and Delta with next-generation launch rockets under the Vulcan name, supplier Ruag Space has been selected to provide lower cost/improved quality out-of-autoclave fabrication of Vulcan’s composite primary structures. Ruag will manufacture 5.4m payload fairings and 400-series interstage adapters for ULA’s Atlas V rocket.
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ULA is now replacing Atlas and Delta with next-generation launch rockets under the Vulcan name. Beginning with the Vulcan Centaur, this new, single family of vehicles will provide the full range of capability currently provided by the combined Atlas/ Delta families, says ULA’s VP of engineering Mark Peller. Further, he adds, “As we retire the Atlas vehicle, it will enable us to retire its Russian-built RD-1 engine.” The primary engine option for Vulcan is the BE-4, built by Blue Origin (Kent, WA, US), with the AR1 engine, built by Aerojet Rocketdyne (Sacramento, CA, US), as a backup.