United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 with NASA OSIRIS-REx mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-41 at the very opening of the mission’s launch window at 7:05 p.m. EDT (23:05 GMT). Photo Credit: Laurel Ann Whitlock / SpaceFlight Insider Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing to move from its Atlas V and Delta IV rocket lines and toward the new “Vulcan” launch system.

With some estimates only giving two years left on the rocket’s launch manifest – the company has announced on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 that it had assumed responsibility for the marketing and sales of Atlas V rocket.

ULA will now assume these activities from Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services who formerly operated the 191 foot (58.3 meter) tall rocket that has been estimated at costing some $109 million (as of 2016) per flight. “ULA has undergone a tremendous transformation over the last two years, and with our innovative techniques, coupled with world-class reliability and schedule certainty, we are well positioned to offer Atlas V launch services to our current and potential commercial customers,” said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO via a company-issued release.

“ULA will serve as a business partner committed to building a launch strategy that maximizes the commercial provider’s profits and positions them above their competition.” In 2006, ULA was formed through the combination of Lockheed Martin Space Systems as well as Boeing Defense Space & Security. These organizations provide launch services to U.S. government organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA.

“The value of a launch is a lot more than its price tag. ULA Atlas V launch services help customers capture savings and added value by delivering spacecraft to orbit earlier, extending mission life, and providing unsurpassed schedule certainty,” said Bruno. Read more from spaceflightinsider.com…

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