United Launch Alliance announced today that it has selected Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine to power ULA’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket, a development that boosts to Alabama’s growing aerospace industry and extends the state’s leadership position in rocketry.
ULA, which produces Atlas V and Delta IV rockets at a facility in Decatur, said the Blue Origin engine will be used in the booster stage of the new launch vehicle, which will be assembled at the Alabama plant. Blue Origin, the space company founded by businessman Jeff Bezos, announced plans in 2017 to open a factory in Huntsville to manufacture the BE-4.
“I am pleased to learn that ULA has selected Blue Origin and new investments will be made in Alabama to expand our growing aerospace industry,” Governor Kay Ivey said.
“Alabama has a rich history in aerospace and titans of innovation continue to choose Alabama as the place to develop new technology and develop 21st century engines for future space utilization. I am excited about our new partnership with Blue Origin and their commitment to our state,” she added.