The Vulcan Rocket is Creating all the Buzz
The United Launch Alliance has released the name of their new rocket, Vulcan, and the launch has managed to attract a lot of attention. A lot of buzz is being created around this new rocket, and with good reason. The rocket is the result of a collaboration between several companies including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Blue Origin, which is a space company that is owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the popular website Amazon. The main reason for this collaboration is that Blue Origin is aiming at replacing all the expensive and toxic Russian rockets currently used on most systems. So what's different about Vulcan that has created this buzz? Well, this rocket will actually be able to be reused with ease and this will help companies save inordinate amounts of money in maintenance and testing costs.
The Vulcan rocket can actually be grabbed by a helicopter before it lands and this will allow the rocket to be launched multiple times without incurring any damage on landing. The Vulcan is a refined combination of the famous Atlas and Delta rockets. The main aim for the launch of the Vulcan was to increase the rate of space launches and reduce their costs. The ULA collaboration seems to be working well and the company plans to create an all new capsule that will enable human habitation in space to enable advanced studies of life away from Earth. This idea could also pave the way for asteroid mining on a whole new level. The plans for the new rocket capsule are coming together and we’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out.
With fame comes popularity and a lot of attention, both wanted and unwanted. While the name “Vulcan” was the winner of the ULA's public voting campaign, this name was also used by Paul Allen. The billionaire recently named his latest aerospace adventure Vulcan Aerospace. His new venture will run alongside Stratolaunch, a recently-created space transportation company that aims to create new ways for mankind to break through the Earth’s atmosphere. Unfortunately, due to Allen claiming the Vulcan name for his own company, some of the buzz around the new rocket has been quite negative.
Unfortunately, while ULA might have to consider changing the name. Despite the fact that Allen claimed the name later than ULA, he actually holds the trademark and is able to develop new rockets that he can freely name “Vulcan” without any threat of legal action. ULA chose the name thanks to public demand and it might break a few hearts to know that the rocket might have to get a new name. However, some other popular names have been floating around like "Zeus" and "GalaxyOne”. Since Allen seemingly won’t relinquish the name, ULA might need to choose one of these other names instead. Regardless, at least the rocket is getting plenty of exposure and we’ll have to see what happens with this naming scandal as time goes on.