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United Launch Alliance Alabama factory turns rocket science into rockets (update)

DECATUR, Alabama – Inside the United Launch Alliance Alabama factory, rocket science powers to life as workers assemble the giant Atlas and Delta launch vehicles that thrust critical satellites aloft and blast probes into deep space.

The sprawling, one-of-a-kind plant tucked away on an industrial road in this Morgan County city plays an important role in today’s high-tech world: The ULA rockets made here help create the constellation of satellites overhead that shape life in the 21st Century.

Alabama-made Atlas and Delta launch vehicles have carried weather, GPS, communications, surveillance, and research satellites on missions designed to strengthen national security or simply improve life on Earth. On Wednesday, an Atlas V blasted off from Cape Canaveral carrying a highly sophisticated GPS satellite.

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