NASA said ULA detailed how the launch system hardware on its Atlas V rocket would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent as part of its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement under the Space Act.
Boeing has selected Atlas V as its launch vehicle for a commercial spacecraft the company is developing under a $460 million award from the space agency (click over to GovCon Wire for more details on Boeing’s work).
ULA completed the work during a year-long unfunded partnership with NASA, the agency said.
The alliance assembled a technical foundation for testing and verifying the Atlas V rocket and developed an emergency detection system for crew members to escape during emergencies.
ULA also created criteria for the dual-engine Centaur configuration and choose the design plans it will follow for their launch facility.
The configuration will be constructed in Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.