13
May
2014

The Intergalactic Tug of War that has Sent US-Russian Relations Crashing Down to Earth

The Intergalactic Tug of War that has Sent US-Russian Relations Crashing Down to Earth

It's believed that ULA has enough RD-180s to continue to launch Atlas V's for the next two years, however if it is to continue to do so in the long-term it would need to develop a replacement engine, which Marco Caceres, director of Space Studies at the Teal Corporation, a US research agency, tells IBTimes UK could cost the military up to $1bn. "The real winner in all of this is SpaceX," says Caceres, who explains that the US airforce will now be encouraged to look at alternative options to the Atlas V, including SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. He continues: "From a business standpoint it's a silly move as they make money from the sale of the engine. On the other hand, from a pride standpoint, it doesn't surprise me that Putin would stop selling the engine altogether, in a way saying to the US: 'see how you like that'."

Tags Energomash, RD-180, Russia, United Launch Alliance Media Outlet: International Business Times Featured Analyst Marco A. Caceres

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