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jimh posted 09-12-2015 12:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
In several recent articles in this forum about the launching of the Air Force's NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE (ULA), the company supplying the rockets putting the satellites into orbit and the infrastructure associated with it, has been mentioned. ULA is a joint-venture company of the Boeing Company and Lockheed-Martin Corporation.

Recent news stories tell of a takeover offer for ULA from AEROJECT-ROCKETDYNE HOLDINGS, Inc. and report a bid of about $2-billion. Such a takeover might affect plans for a new generation of rockets to replace the current Russian-made RD-180 primary booster rocket used in the aging ATLAS V and DELTA IV launching system.

Aeroject Rocketdyne is one of two major companies involved in inventing and supplying the next generation primary booster rocket to ULA. The other is BLUE ORIGIN, a private company owned mostly by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The two companies are competing for the ULA contract to supply these important next-generation launch systems.

According to reports, ULA has already indicated a preference toward the Blue Origin rocket. If ULA were taken over by Aeroject-Rocketdyne, one would have to assume they'd then prefer to use their own rocket for that application.

More at:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/ aerojet-bid-shakes-up-rocket-sector-1441840647

If the takeover bid succeeds, it could make for some interesting times in the rocket launching business for American military customers of ULA.

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