Endless Possibilities for the Future of Space Launch

A discussion with:
Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno
President and CEO
United Launch Alliance

Moderated by:
Steven Grundman
M.A. and George Lund Fellow
Atlantic Council

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The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce that Tory Bruno, the recently appointed president and chief executive officer of United Launch Alliance (ULA), will make an Atlantic Council Captains of Industry address on “Endless Possibilities for the Future of Space Launch,” beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13th, at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters.

Somewhat unexpectedly, space launch has become one of the most dynamic, talked-about sectors in the aerospace and defense industry. And United Launch Alliance, a joint-venture company of Lockheed Martin and Boeing formed in 2006, is at the center of many of these conversations. Next month, ULA is scheduled to launch NASA’s Orion spacecraft on its maiden flight 3,600 miles into space, testing the vehicle’s suitability for deep space journeys. Last month, ULA announced the formation of a partnership with the Jeff Bezos-owned venture Blue Origin to develop and test a new rocket engine powered by liquid oxygen and liquefied natural gas. And across the first half of 2014, the US Air Force’s acquisition strategy for its Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program and risk to the long-term supply of RD-180 engines from Russia have churned the competitive landscape and outlook for new opportunities. Tory Bruno has said that he sees endless possibilities for the future of space launch, and he will address and discuss his perspective on these possibilities at this event.

The Atlantic Council Captains of Industry Series is a platform for senior executives in aerospace and defense to address the public interests their companies serve and the public policies that shape these markets. By engaging the perspective of business leaders about issues at the interface of defense ministries and industries, the series is cultivating a constituency for practical solutions to these problems.

November 13, 2014
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW
12th Floor
West Tower Elevator
Washington, DC

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