Orbital Sciences, in its scramble to obtain engines for its Antares rocket, has sued the United Launch Alliance (ULA) for blocking their purchase of the Russian-made RD-180 engine.


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Orbital Sciences, in its scramble to obtain engines for its Antares rocket, has sued the United Launch Alliance (ULA) for blocking their purchase of the Russian-made RD-180 engine.

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  • Andy Hill

    I think it a bit rich that Orbital is sueing for its own lack of foresight in not developing an engine for itself, surely they knew that to rely on a limited stock of old Russian engines was asking for trouble. They should have cut a deal with someone years ago rather than complaining now that they have a problem.

    They need to start developing themselves or partnering with someone now rather than relying on the courts to force ULA to supply engines.
    Apparantly if they are willing to sign a contract with the former Kuznetsov Design Bureau then this solves their problem but that would mean commitment, something that is not to abundant in the space industry.

  • Pzatchok

    Its cheaper to take them to court than to design your own engine.

    Business wise its a smart move in the short term. But in the long term it means your dependent of an outside source for your most important parts. And they could charge all they want.

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