Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Congratulates United Launch Alliance

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

 

CONTACT:

Myung Oak Kim, 303-947-5708, Myung.kim@state.co.us
 

GOV. RITTER CONGRATULATES UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE FOR WINNING $6.7 MILLION RECOVERY ACT GRANT TO DEVELOP COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT

 

Gov. Bill Ritter today applauded Centennial-based United Launch Alliance for being awarded a $6.7 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to complete a project for commercial spaceflight. The grant was awarded by the National Aeronauts and Space Administration (NASA) through its Commercial Crew Development Program (CCDev).

 

“This is terrific news for United Launch Alliance and Colorado’s aerospace industry, which are developing cutting edge technologies to advance our country’s work in space,” said Gov. Ritter. “This Recovery Act grant will allow the United Launch Alliance to create good jobs in Colorado in the pursuit of commercial spaceflight.”

 

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is joint venture between Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company that works to provide cost-efficient access to space. The NASA grant will allow the company to develop an Emergency Detection System (EDS), which is needed to create a safe human-rated space launch vehicle.


“ULA is excited to participate with NASA on the CCDev Program,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Gass. “We look forward to supporting NASA as they embark on a bold and innovative initiative that emphasizes safe, reliable, and commercial access to space.”


These NASA grants are designed to encourage work in the private sector to develop and demonstrate human spaceflight capabilities.


At least $6.7 billion in Recovery Act funds is expected to come to Colorado through more than 100 different programs. For more information about the Recovery Act in Colorado, visit www.colorado.gov/recovery.