In response to the Obama administration’s request a judge has lifted her injunction against the purchase of Russian rocket engines for the Atlas 5 rocket.


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In response to the Obama administration’s request a judge has lifted her injunction against the purchase of Russian rocket engines for the Atlas 5 rocket.

More here. It appears that, at least for the moment, the Atlas 5 rocket will be allowed to buy these engines. Whether the Russians will continue to allow them to buy them however remains an open question, especially if things in the Ukraine get worse.

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5 comments

  • joe

    So America doesn’t know how to build an atlas engine, didn’t we build them before, like when we were in an arms race with the Soviet Union?

  • Pzatchok

    We know how but the company that builds them wants top government dollars.
    Maximum payments for minimum results.

    The Russians are charging far far less than the US company.

    If they charged anything close to what a US company wants then by law the launch company would have to buy off of an American manufacturer.

  • Kelly Starks

    Different smaller engines. The modern Atlas’ are very different and bigger. We don’t make a suitable engine.

  • Kelly Starks

    ULA is right to try to stock up – but theres not a lot of market for the RD-180s, and they don’t make many or have a big stockpile.

  • Pzatchok

    Some one got to the judge.

    I bet she got a call from the big guy.

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