Decatur Could Prosper From NASA Woes

By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - United Launch Alliance is the result of Lockheed Martin and Boeing joining forces in 2006.

Both provide launch services of spacecraft for the government.  And now doors may be opening for the company.

Communications Manager Doug Shores said, "United Launch Alliance is prepared to support NASA in current and future efforts and we're very interested in competing for commercial space work with NASA."

He said the Delta 4 and Atlas 5 Rockets have a perfect launch record.

"We feel with our Atlas and Delta line of launch vehicles, that with their proven track record of success, that we are ready to support," said Shores.

So what effect could this have on our area?

WAFF talked with the CEO of the Morgan County/Decatur Chamber Of Commerce John Seymour, "I think you have a company here in Decatur that's in the private, development of private rockets so we have an opportunity perhaps to be the beneficiaries of some of this."

Seymour said you must also think about what's best for the Tennessee Valley as a whole, "I hope that the program continues, I think space exploration is critical to the future and NASA has done a great job of creating a lot of opportunities for medial exploration and those kinds of things."

He said he is not certain of the economic impact here, it's still too soon.

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