United Launch Alliance

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ULA logo , flag of the USA and the mission logo of the Dawn spacecraft from top to bottom on the first stage of a Delta II rocket

United Launch Alliance ( ULA ) is a 2006 founded joint venture of the two US companies Boeing Defense and Lockheed Martin Space Systems for the joint operation of US government agencies launch services the carrier rocket Delta II , Delta IV and Atlas V . However, Boeing also had the commercial orders that Boeing Launch Services received for the Delta II from the ULA.

The aim is to combine the development, production, testing and launch operations of missiles in order to reduce costs, with the ULA expecting annual savings of 100 to 150 million US dollars for the American taxpayer. Boeing and Lockheed Martin each have a 50 percent stake in ULA. Its headquarters are in Denver , and the company has a total of 3,800 employees.

The United Launch Alliance is supported by the US Department of Defense . On October 3, 2006, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the merger. According to the information on its website, the ULA officially started operations on December 1, 2006. Its first launch was that of a Delta II rocket with the USA 193 spy satellite for the NGO on December 14, 2006. The first Atlas rocket launch on March 8, 2007 brought six spy satellites into space.

After the company was founded, Michael Gass took over the position of Chief Executive Officer until he was replaced by Tory Bruno on August 12, 2014 . With the Vulcan , the ULA is developing a launch vehicle that will gradually replace the Atlas V and Delta IV and that will be partially reusable in the distant future.


The 99 launches carried out up to October 1, 2015 can be broken down as follows:

Launcher Starts
Atlas V 48
Delta II 28
Delta IV 23
customer Starts
United States Air Force 40
NASA 25th
NGO 19th
Commercial customers 15th
Launch site Starts
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 70
Vandenberg Air Force Base 29

Web links


  1. finanzen.net: Lockheed Martin and Boeing found joint venture for rocket launches. May 3, 2005, accessed August 13, 2014 .
  2. spaceflightnow.com: FTC gives clearance to United Launch Alliance , October 3, 2006
  3. United Launch Alliance: United Launch Alliance Names Tory Bruno President and Chief Executive Officer. August 12, 2014, accessed August 13, 2014 .
  4. http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/04/16/certification-process-begins-for-vulcan-to-carry-military-payloads/ Justin Ray: Certification process begins for Vulcan to carry military payloads , in Spaceflight Now, Date: April 16, 2015, Retrieved. May 2, 2015
  5. http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/10/01/stats-ula-to-mark-milestone-in-powering-payloads-to-space/