Wednesday, October 04, 2006

 
Go Directly to LEO

As reported by SpaceDaily, the Lockheed Martin/Boeing joint venture United Launch Alliance (ULA) has received anti-trust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission. This was apparently the last in a series of hurdles encountered by ULA that began when SpaceX sued the alliance after suffering "significant injury from Boeing and Lockheed Martin's coordinated efforts to exclude competition from SpaceX and others…." The lawsuit against ULA was dismissed. Prediction: ULA will realize that efficiencies can be found in the alliance and their EELVs will be re-priced to rates more competitive with the advertised prices for the Falcon. If Kistler can enter the fray, then along with Orbital, we should see some great disruptions in the launch industry.

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