NASA and United Launch Alliance have agreed to share technical information concerning the use of the Atlas V to launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).
Under the unfunded Space Act Agreement, ULA will provide data on the Atlas V.
NASA will share its human spaceflight experience with ULA and requirements for certification. In turn, ULA will provide NASA feedback about those requirements, including providing input on the technical feasibility and cost effectiveness of NASA’s proposed certification approach.
Specifically, ULA will provide:
In 2010, NASA awarded $6.7 million to ULA to accompany its own $1.3 million investment to develop an Emergency Detection System (EDS) prototype test bed.