No, this isn’t a silhouette identification quiz (though maybe I’ll do one of those later….), this is an actual request from United Launch Alliance. The Atlas V and Delta IV rockets developed under the USAF’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program are not very competitive anymore, and ULA is working on a vehicle that can replace them both. Currently designated the Next Generation Launch System and slated to be powered by Blue Origin’s methane-burning BE-4 engine, this rocket needs a name. And they’ve decided to drop the legacy of both Atlas and Delta. This will get a new name.
ULA has narrowed down the slate of contenders to three: Eagle, Freedom, or GalaxyOne. Click here to vote for your choice!
(Note: GalaxyOne? Seriously? Sounds like a Samsung smartphone, not one of the most powerful launch vehicles on the planet.)