Air Force Would Prefer New Rocket Engine Over US Version of Russian Design

May 21, 2014 8:06 PM

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Air Force Would Prefer New Rocket Engine Over US Version of Russian Design

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket launched a new GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force Friday, May 16, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Should recent geopolitical events ultimately prompt the U.S. government to build a domestic alternative to the Russian-built RD-180 engine that powers one of its workhorse rockets, it probably makes more sense to develop one from scratch rather than use the Russian desig...

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