Friday, April 13, 2012

United Launch Alliance, Frank Zegler

Frank opened with a joke. He said United Launch Alliance (ULA) is considered one of the dinosaurs, but they seem themselves more as a raptor than a typical slow moving dinosaur.

He talked about their goals, and the focus on safety. He showed how the pieces fit together. They are trying to cut costs by designing in reliability. They are looking at simple, commercial designs and materials. They are moving away from hazard materials. They are trying to use waste gas as part of the propellant. The rocket uses just 700 watts for their electrical work. They plan to try and leverage work done by other companies in similar fields. He showed several parts they have developed or buy.

He went into a lot of technical details. He talked about the electrical system.

They feel like they have made good progress.


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