The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket could become the next rocket to propel U.S. astronauts into space under an agreement announced today by NASA and United Launch Alliance.
The unfunded Space Act Agreement sets the stage for NASA and ULA to work together to make certain that the Atlas V meets all the safety requirements necessary to launch U.S. astronauts into space.
The Atlas V appears to be a vehicle of choice for companies developing commercial space taxis to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Boeing is considering the Atlas V for its CST-100 capsule. Sierra Nevada is planning to launch its Dream Chaser space planes on Atlas V rockets.
The Atlas V blasts off from launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.