VULCAN
CENTAUR

America's new workhorse.
On track. Launching 2021.

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No one launches more into space

100+
years of combined experience
100+
successful
launches
100%
rate of mission success

Vulcan Centaur is purpose-built on ULA's proven track record of success.

On target. On Time. On Budget.

Vulcan Centaur is built by applying more than 120 years of combined launch experiences. An evolution of the flight proven, highly successful Atlas and Delta vehicles, Vulcan Centaur introduces a balance of new technologies and innovative features transforming the future of space access, advancing America’s superiority in space.

Vulcan Centaur is the only launch vehicle purpose-built to meet all of our nation’s space launch requirements and is being flown by the only company with 100 percent mission success. Leveraging proven processes, technology, and expertise, Vulcan Centaur provides the highest value launch service for lower cost to meet the nation’s demanding national security space requirements.

VULCAN CENTAUR
IS READY to meet the nation's needs
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We have never failed to meet our customer’s launch needs and ULA consistently delivers the military’s most sensitive satellites which strengthens our national security and support our troops.

Status Updates

May 22, 2020

A flat piece of sheet metal is formed using a stretch press to create a large contoured panel for #VulcanCentaur. These panels are cut into slice-shaped pieces that are welded together to form the tank domes on the Centaur stage. #COUNTDOWNTOVULCAN Launching in 2021.

May 20, 2020

#VulcanCentaur is coming! Rocket Builders assembling the Thrust Structure. Highest strength Aluminum alloys, perfectly optimized forgings, adv generative design techniques. TS will channel 3.5 million lbf (16 M Newt) of thrust into the rocket. #CountdowntoVulcan #ToryTimelapse

May 8, 2020

A Vulcan Centaur V bulkhead is seen on the automated welder about to move to the next weld center. Vulcan Centaur first launch on track for next year! #CountdowntoVulcan

May 4, 2020

The milling process removes excess material by leaving support ribs to maximize the strength, but also minimize the weight of the ring. #VulcanCentaur is on track for a 2021 launch! #ToryTimelapse #CountdowntoVulcan

April 27, 2020

Wonder what the inside of a #VulcanCentaur booster looks like? Orthogrid and more orthogrid!  Here’s a #ToryTimeLapse of the higher performance, faster to make Vulcan tank. #CountdowntoVulcan

April 21, 2020

Since the first flight booster for #VulcanCentaur is nearing completion, here’s some past footage of the universal weld system showing how far we've come! Watch Time lapse Here.

April 13, 2020

Another #ToryTimelapse: bulkhead for Vulcan’s Centaur V assembled in the automated weld centers. #VulcanCentaur  on track for a 2021 launch! #CountdowntoVulcan

April 1, 2020

More Vulcan Hardware! The @RuagSpace payload attach fitting (PAF) is mated to Vulcan’s Centaur V launch vehicle forward adapter (LVFA) to undergo qualification testing @NASA_Marshall in preparation for a 2021 #VulcanCentaur launch. #CountdowntoVulcan

March 30, 2020

#Vulcan is coming... Update from the Decatur Rocket Factory: The first liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks for Vulcan Centaur’s inaugural flight in 2021 are now both complete.

March 3, 2020

The booster liquid oxygen tank that will be used on #VulcanCentaur’s first flight is being completed in our Decatur, AL factory, keeping the rocket on track for a 2021 launch. #CountdowntoVulcan

Feb. 20, 2020

Vulcan Centaur pathfinder validates launch site processes

United Launch Alliance engineers and technicians recently completed a successful pathfinder exercise to assess procedures and operations in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in preparation for the first Vulcan Centaur launch in 2021.

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Oct. 24, 2019

Construction milestone achieved for Vulcan's launch platform

In a topping out ceremony that honored traditions in construction, the final beam has been hoisted atop the new Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) from which the next-generation Vulcan Centaur rockets will lift off.

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Innovative Design Driven by Heritage

Vulcan Centaur, an evolution from the rich heritage of Atlas and Delta rockets. By applying industry best practices for complex systems design while blending flight proven hardware to achieve the right mix of reliability with new innovation, Vulcan Centaur builds on decades of progressive history.

ULA brings together the best of industry to the Vulcan Centaur design. Significant investment has been made to modernize the existing ULA production facility in Decatur, Alabama, and launch complex on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Capable & Competitive

Vulcan Centaur, an evolution from the rich heritage of Atlas and Delta rockets. By applying industry best practices for complex systems design while blending flight proven hardware to achieve the right mix of reliability with new innovation, Vulcan Centaur builds on decades of progressive history.

ULA brings together the best of industry to the Vulcan Centaur design. Significant investment has been made to modernize the existing ULA production facility in Decatur, Alabama, and launch complex on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.