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February 03, 2016
US to lack full space launch capability beyond 2019 without Russian engine
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 28, 2016
Full US space launch capability may be delayed beyond 2019 if it cuts its supply of Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines, US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. "Industry tells us... [they can] make 2019 for an engine, but I must say an engine alone will not get us to space. It needs to be integrated with a rocket, it needs to be tested, it needs to be certified, and to get all of that done, to have a launch capability will be longer than 2019 ... read more

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US Congress Set to Lift Ban on Russian RD-180 Rocket Engine
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