United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced that it will form a new organization within the company dedicated solely to NASA’s human space flight programs. This new group will serve to support not just NASA – but the space agency’s partners as they work to regain the ability to send U.S. astronauts to orbit.
“NASA is making tremendous progress towards closing the U.S. human spaceflight gap and we are committed to supporting them with our flight-proven Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles and technologies,” said Michael Gass, ULA president and CEO. “ULA understands that human spaceflight requires the utmost attention to safety and reliability and the new organization will focus our energy and attention towards those crucial goals.”
Dr. George Sowers will be the head of ULA’s Human Launch Services Organization. Previously Sowers was in charge of company’s Business Development and Advanced Programs team.
“The new organization will draw upon the same processes and people that have made our launch vehicles the most reliable in the world,” said Sowers. “The intent is to leverage our successful heritage while providing our human spaceflight customers with an organization focused exclusively on their needs.”
Human Launch Services will be based out of Denver, Colorado which puts it in close proximity to ULA headquarters located in nearby Centennial. The Human Launch Services organization will receive also receive support from NASA Centers.
“ULA is extremely proud of our heritage in human spaceflight beginning 50 years ago with the Mercury/Atlas launch delivering John Glenn to orbit,” said Sowers. “We look forward to working with NASA and our commercial crew customers to leverage our unprecedented success record with Atlas V and Delta IV to meet the nation’s need for assured access and crew safety for missions to the International Space Station and other destinations.”Missions » ISS »