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Alabama playing major role in ULA’s next-gen Vulcan Centaur rocket

DECATUR, Alabama – Inside the United Launch Alliance’s sprawling rocket factory in Morgan County, preparations are being made to get America’s next-generation launch vehicle – the Vulcan Centaur – ready for flight and positioned for critical missions.

“The Vulcan Centaur rocket is purpose-built for American national security space launch requirements, and it begins in Alabama,” said Mark Peller, vice president of Major Development for ULA.

In May, the Vulcan Centaur system passed Critical Design Review, giving the program the green light to move forward on the path to production and an initial launch targeted for 2021.

Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO, called it “a tremendous accomplishment for the ULA team” and a “significant milestone” in the development of a rocket designed to advance U.S. superiority in space.

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