United Launch Alliance

  • NASA is giving commercial spaceflight a boost by awarding six American companies ten contracts worth a total of US$44 million to develop what the space agency calls "tipping point" technologies.
  • Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance have announced plans to launch a Bigelow B330 expandable module atop a ULA Vulcan launch vehicle with the aim of sending it into Low Lunar Orbit (LLO)​ and turning it into a lunar depot by the end of 2022.
  • The International Space Station got a bit bigger today as the first human-rated inflatable structure to fly in space​ – the experimental​ Bigelow Expandable Activity Module – was successfully attached to the Tranquility module over a four-hour period.
  • The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has entered the reusable launcher race with its Next Generation Launch System (NGLS), also known as the Vulcan rocket. This will incorporate a rocket engine assembly that is snared in mid-air by a helicopter after reentering the Earth's atmosphere
  • Blue Origin has taken a step closer to lifting into space by announcing that its BE‑3 rocket engine has completed acceptance testing, opening the door to its first flight. The BE-3 is part of Blue Origin's program to develop a completely reusable launch system.
  • On its third attempt, NASA has successfully launched its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket. The orbiter is designed to take high resolution moisture maps on a global scale, mapping the entire planet in the space of only two to three days.
  • NASA has announced that the Orion EFT-1 mission launch has been rescheduled for 7:05 am EST on Friday.