Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and private equity fund Cerberus are interested in acquiring aerospace company United Launch Alliance (ULA). This is reported by Reuters with reference to The Wall Street Journal.

Business jet manufacturer Textron has also shown interest in ULA. This happened after the company’s CEO Tory Bruno made a statement in an interview with Bloomberg News.

“If I were buying a space business, I’d go look at ULA,” he said in October.

As you know, United Launch Alliance is owned by Lockheed Martin and Boeing – they own ULA in equal shares. The company was established in 2006 and is engaged in the production and launch of launch vehicles and spacecraft into space.

Private firms are showing interest in space companies that have access to government contracts, a segment dominated by billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

By the way, on December 19, Blue Origin has successfully launched its New Shepard suborbital manned rocket. As part of the new mission, the company sent 33 scientific and research cargoes into space, as well as 38 thousand Club for the Future postcards.