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Russia stops delivering rocket engines to US

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It’s time for cross sanctions. After the punitive measures decided by the administration Biden (which has added Russia to its blacklist), it is the turn of the Russia to replicate. “Today we made the decision to stop deliveries of rocket engines produced by NPO Energomash to the United States” thus told the Tass agency the director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. “Let them fly on something else, their brooms, I don’t know what” even concluded dryly the boss of the Russian space agency.

The Russian RD-180 rocket engine is considered extremely reliable

The decision of Roscosmos will have an impact above all on the companies United Launch Alliance (supplier of launchers for NASA and the US Department of Defense) and Northrop Grumman, which is in charge of supply cargo ships for the ISS. The ULA immediately reacted by stating that it was already working on a new generation of American-made engines, as for the supplies of the ISS, these could be provided by SpaceX and its Crew Dragon capsule.

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The Atlas V rocket used the Russian RD-180 engine until recently, but Congress banned the use of Russian engines following the invasion of Crimea in 2014. ULA then began developing the Vulcan rocket , which will have an engine manufactured by Blue Origin (the space company founded by Jeff Bezos, former boss of Amazon). While waiting for this new engine to be ready, the ULA would still have two dozen Russian RD-180 engines in stock, which would allow it to carry out its next missions until 2025.

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