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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-13-2015 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please use this topic to discuss United Launch Alliance's (ULA) next generation launch system, the Vulcan rocket.

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posted 04-13-2015 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A Delta II on steroids?

The solids are back — quite a different design from the Delta IV.

Jim Behling
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posted 04-13-2015 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The solids never left. The Atlas V solids are the basis for Vulcan's. Vulcan is more like Atlas V than Delta IV. Delta IV only provides the tank diameter.

SpaceAngel
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posted 09-14-2018 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From what I read on Wikipedia, it says that ULA is going to discontinue the Delta rockets (including the heavy lift one) sometime in the near future; if that's the case, what kind of rockets will succeed them?

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-14-2018 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ULA's intends the Vulcan to replace both its Delta and Atlas launch vehicles.

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Marketing is important. I wonder if ULA intentionally chose both the name and logo for this vehicle to be closely matching "Falcon" of SpaceX.

I'm sure nobody will ever admit it but at first glance the logos look somewhat similar in color and shape, and "Vulcan" / "Falcon" similar sounding whether you buy into this theory or not.

Robert Pearlman
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ULA employees submitted name suggestions, then the company then put it to a public vote. "Vulcan" was not on the original ballot but was added as a write-in suggestion. More than one million votes were received, leading to Vulcan being chosen.

SpaceAngel
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When the Delta IV and Atlas V rockets are retired, what will become of the launch complexes (i.e. 37 and 41)?

Jim Behling
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Vulcan will fly from 41. 37 will go back to the Air Force.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-29-2019 02:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno on Twitter:
The age of Vulcan has begun... The first flight panel is being bump formed.

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