United Launch Alliance underestimated the challenges Blue Origin would face in the development, testing and manufacturing of the BE-4 rocket engine, said ULA’s CEO Tory Bruno.
Tory Bruno warned there are too many venture-funded space launch companies competing for a static number of customers.
Bruno has pitched the idea of a "strategic propellant reserve" to the National Space Council
Bruno said the recent Phase 2 contract awards show ULA's pricing is competitive.
The launch competition the Air Force kicked off last week will test rockets' capabilities to reach higher orbits and lift heavier payloads.
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United Launch Alliance plans to increase its activities in the commercial launch market using both the current Atlas and future Vulcan rockets, while acknowledging that the U.S. government will remain its major customer for the foreseeable future.
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno fielded questions March 11 on everything from the Denver company’s next-generation rocket to his rivalry with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk during a 90-minute “Ask Me Anything” session on the popular Reddit website.