DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - United Launch Alliance wants satellite owners to know it can add missions to its 2017 launch calendar, as rival launcher SpaceX has its Falcon 9 rocket grounded to investigate an explosion.
The Centennial-based rocket company on Tuesday unveiled what it calls its RapidLaunch program, promising the industry’s fastest turnaround from rocket order to launch. Some missions could make it to a launch pad as soon as three months from order, ULA said.
ULA changed how it assembles rockets and how it integrates satellite payloads in order to make quicker turnarounds for commercial clients possible, said Kent Lietzau, ULA’s vice president of business development.
“We have added additional hardware to the production line, so that we can offer additional vehicles without an impact to our existing customers,” he said, in a written statement. “We have also moved customization for any particular launch to the last three months of production.”
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