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September 27, 2018

Senator Jones Applauds United Launch Alliance on Selecting BE-4 to lead next Generation Rocket Propulsion from Alabama

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today congratulated United Launch Alliance (ULA) for choosing Blue Origin and its BE-4 engine to power the Vulcan Centaur Rocket brig produced in Decatur, Alabama.  The engine will be manufactured in a new Huntsville facility. ULA previously selected Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine for the rocket system, which is also manufactured in Alabama. 

“Alabama has long been a leader in space technology assembly and continues to make great strides in contributing to this vital part of space exploration,” said Senator Jones. “Blue Origin and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s contributions to the Vulcan Centaur Rocket System are a testament to Alabama’s highly skilled workforce and welcoming business environment. Although the contract for engine production was split, 100 percent of the production will take place in the Rocket City, where Alabama continues to support innovation in national security and space exploration. I look forward to watching this cutting-edge project take shape in our own Rocket City.”



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