ULA Announces Propulsion Development Program In Pueblo

An artist's concept of the ULA Vulcan rocket. Image Credit: ULA

An artist’s concept of the ULA Vulcan rocket. Image Credit: ULA

July 24, 2015 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that the company will locate a propulsion testing and manufacturing operation in Pueblo, Colorado. The new facility will support the Vulcan rocket, ULA’s next generation launch vehicle, as well as ULA’s current rockets, the Atlas V and Delta IV.

ULA unveiled its next generation Vulcan rocket at the Space Symposium in April 2015. Vulcan will transform the future of space by making launch services more affordable, accessible and commercialized, while still assuring reliable access to space. The Vulcan brings together decades of experience on ULA’s reliable Atlas and Delta vehicles, combining the best features of each to produce an all-new, American-made rocket that will enable mission success from low Earth orbit all the way to Pluto.

“ULA is pleased to partner once again with Pueblo,” said Bob Roberts, ULA director of propulsion systems. “We thank both the city and county for the collaboration, as well as the strong partnership we have enjoyed in the past and look forward to building on that with the new work we are bringing to the area.”

Details of the project include:

  • Approximately $5 million in capital investment

  • 34 new full-time jobs to be in place by October 1, 2017

  • $2 million from the City of Pueblo’s half cent fund for economic development (contingent on approval from the Pueblo City Council)

  • A 50% credit for personal property tax from the County of Pueblo (contingent on approval from Pueblo County Commissioners)

  • Additional incentives from the State Enterprise Zone program, administered by the County of Pueblo

  • Extensive collaboration and support from PuebloPlex

  • “Pueblo is thrilled to be selected as the location for this exciting space initiative,” said Jack Rink, President and CEO of Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO. “This is yet another example of how PEDCO and our partners collaborate to bring great jobs and economic opportunity to the community. The investment from the City of Pueblo’s half cent sales tax fund and the County of Pueblo’s tax abatement were essential components in securing this project that has national implications.”

    ULA was formed in 2006 to provide reliable, safe and cost-efficient access to space. ULA rockets have successfully delivered more than 95 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.