United Launch Alliance introduces Vulcan next generation launcher

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Redesigning the Vulcan around ULA's biggest competitor would hardly save any time or money at this point, besides being a rather bad strategic move.
They are kind of stuck now. Any alternative would be even worse in both time and money.
Undoubtedly someone in the Launch program office will blow the dust off of the AR-1 studies...
 

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Redesigning the Vulcan around ULA's biggest competitor would hardly save any time or money at this point, besides being a rather bad strategic move.
They are kind of stuck now. Any alternative would be even worse in both time and money.
Undoubtedly someone in the Launch program office will blow the dust off of the AR-1 studies...
Interesting "study":


Still, if they went to this engine there goes any pretense of even partial reusability.
 

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Redesigning the Vulcan around ULA's biggest competitor would hardly save any time or money at this point, besides being a rather bad strategic move.
They are kind of stuck now. Any alternative would be even worse in both time and money.
Undoubtedly someone in the Launch program office will blow the dust off of the AR-1 studies...
Interesting "study":


Still, if they went to this engine there goes any pretense of even partial reusability.
Also it would mean redesigning and re plumbing Vulcan. It’s not just a case of dropping the engine in.
 

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You seem to get around. :)
Thanks, I guess. It wasn't so much that I got around it was just 2010-2012 was a really interesting time to work EELV. AR-1 was supposed to be plug and play with Atlas when we started that study...

The same off course could be said of my time in bombers, but that's a bit off topic.
 

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ULA now projects receiving engines in mid-2022 and flying Vulcan by year’s end.

 

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Unfortunately a lot of the associated technology would need to be recreated from scratch or near enough.
 

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WASHINGTON — Aerojet Rocketdyne announced April 11 it has received an order from United Launch Alliance for 116 engines for the upper stage of ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket.

Aerojet said this was the company’s largest ever contract for the RL10 engine.

The large purchase of rocket engines comes on the heels of Amazon’s announcement April 5 that it selected Arianespace, Blue Origin and ULA to launch up to 3,236 satellites for its Project Kuiper broadband constellation.
 

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first two BE-4 get build for Frist Vulcan
View: https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1518965639272177665


mean while at SpaceX...
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