The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has chosen the RL10 engine produced by Aerojet Rocketdyne to power the upper stage of the company’s next generation Vulcan rocket. ULA released a statement on May 11, and they revealed that they would use the RL10C-X variant of the RL10 engine to power the new Vulcan rockets.
Aerojet Rocketdyne already produces different variants of the RL10 engine for ULA’s Delta and Atlas rockets’ upper stages. In a statement, the president and Chief Executive of ULA said that they could not be any happier for selecting a reliable engine to power the upper stage of the Vulcan rocket.
Although the company did not reveal the details of their agreement, they announced that the deal would span over the next decade. The new version of the engine that ULA will use in its Vulcan rocket will feature addictive manufacturing of engine components.
Addictive manufacturing will improve the quality of the engines whiles reducing the cost of production. Although ULA did not reveal the