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Boeing: ULA Not For Sale

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

"The unsolicited proposal for ULA wasn't seriously considered. Boeing is committed to its position as a leader of the global space industry.

ULA is an important part of that."That’s from Boeing Defense, Space and Security spokesperson, Todd Blecher.

Published reports state Aerojet-Rocketdyne made a $2 billion dollar cash offer for the rocket maker in August.

United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed. ULA’s Delta and Atlas rocket lines are assembled in Decatur.

In fact, the rockets are shaved, welded, sanded, stacked, tested and shipped from the same location.

'It’s an operation that employs some 400  making it one of the River City’s largest employers. The 1.6 million square foot facility sits on Red Hat Road near the Tennessee River.

A ULA Delta IV-Heavy, manufactured in Decatur, flew NASA’s deep-space Orion Crew Capsule on its maiden voyage (EFT-1) back in December.
 
ULA is a key part of Boeing’s strategy in space. Just last week, Boeing renamed its CST-100 ‘s “Starliner” crew vehicle.

The craft will fly atop a Decatur-built ULA Atlas V and will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station per a NASA contract.

Aerojet-Rocketdyne is currently providing the engines and the crucial propulsion expertise for NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule and the Space Launch System it will fly on.

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