ULA CEO: Here's how we beat SpaceX for Space Force's big contract

Thursday, August 20, 2020

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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.

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