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Analysis

Russian rockets: the US Government’s RD-180 conundrum

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin recently sent shockwaves through the US space industry when he announced that Russia would no longer supply rocket engines to the US. The engines – known as the RD-180 – are used to lift vital national security satellites into space. With only two years’ worth of rockets left, the US is scrambling to find a non-Russian alternative, but is it too late?

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