United Launch Alliance plans a reusable rocket called Smart Reuse

March 25, 2015 4:03 PM

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United Launch Alliance plans a reusable rocket called Smart Reuse

The company's new rocket will have an American engine made by either Blue Origin, owned by Jeff Bezos, or Aerojet Rocketdyne. The Blue Origin engine will be ready for testing sooner, in 2019, and could be certified by 2022.

That's a problem for ULA. Currently, ULA's Atlas rockets are powered by a Russian engine that Congress said can no longer be used after 2019. During the gap time until a new rocket engine is certified, Bruno said it will be too expensive to fly only its own Delta rockets, so he may retire that progr...

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