ULA CEO: Here's how we beat SpaceX for Space Force's big contract
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Tory Bruno fully expected his company to win inclusion in the U.S. Space Force’s selection of two rocket businesses to launch military space missions through 2027.
The CEO of Centennial-based United Launch Alliance also wasn’t surprised that company received top grades in the bidding and won 60% of the launches — a contract potentially worth billions of dollars.
What surprised Bruno was that the first three missions awarded under the new Space Force contract revealed Aug. 6 — three similar, but classified, national security launches Bruno can’t speak about — came with $337 million for ULA to launch two satellites in 2022 and $316 million for rival SpaceX to launch one that year.