New rocket, Eagle, Freedom or GalaxyOne will provide over 70% of the Nation’s Launches Supporting our Military, NASA and Scientific Exploration

Centennial, Colo., (March 23, 2015) -- America’s #1 space launch provider, United Launch Alliance (ULA), is asking America to help name its next rocket, calling on citizens to play a role in the future of space launch by voting for the name of the new rocket that will be responsible for the majority of the nation’s future space launches.  

For the next two weeks, the public can vote for its favorite rocket name – Eagle, Freedom or GalaxyOne – with the results being announced on April 13 along with the design and components of ULA’s innovative, next-generation rocket. The top three names were selected from more than 400 names submitted by ULA’s 3,400 employees and space enthusiasts earlier this year. ULA employees – rocket scientists, engineers and patriots – will design and build this rocket with the first flight expected in 2019.  [Editor's note: On March 26, ULA  added Vulcan and Zeus to the national polling.]

“ULA’s new rocket represents the future of space – innovative, affordable and reliable,” said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO. “More possibilities in space means more possibilities here on earth. This is such a critical time for space travel and exploration and we’re excited to bring all of America with us on this journey into the future.”

As the nation’s premier launch provider, ULA is responsible for safely and reliably launching America’s top priorities into space. The company has consistently delivered 100 percent mission success for 94 launches, and is currently at a tempo of roughly one launch per month. ULA also has launched every GPS on orbit today, all 57 of them, as well as major space exploration missions for NASA such as the Mars rovers and Pluto/New Horizons.  

“Space launch affects everyone, every day, and our goal in letting America name its next rocket is to help all Americans imagine the future of endless possibilities created by affordable space launch,” Bruno added.

In order to vote for America’s next rocket, voters can visit the website from March 23 to April 6:http://bit.ly/rocketvote.

Voters can also text 22333 to submit a vote for their favorite name. The following key can be used to text a vote:
•    ULA1 for “Eagle”
•    ULA2 for “Freedom”
•    ULA3 for “GalaxyOne”
(Text and data rates may apply.)

ULA is headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, with launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. ULA builds and manufactures its rockets in Decatur, Alabama and Harlingen, Texas.

About United Launch Alliance
With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 90 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.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com. Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch, and instagram.com/ulalaunch.