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The Director of NASA, Jim Breidenstein in an interview with C-SPAN commented on the possible termination of deliveries of Russian RD-180 engines in the United States.
“Yes, in fact the United States is working hard not to depend on RD-180 engines,” — said the official. Thus, Breidenstein answered the question of the presenter about the impact of the possible termination by Moscow of the supply of engines on plans to launch commercial spacecraft using rockets ULA (United Launch Alliance).
“And I’ll be Frank on this point: NASA is allocated among all of the Federal government. It’s about the fact that when the relations between countries become more complex, NASA is able to support these relations,” — said the head of the American space Agency.
Also, Breidenstein said about the planned meeting with the head of “Roskosmos” Dmitry Rogozin. The Corporation announced that the event will be held in October 2018 in Baikonur (Kazakhstan).
Earlier, NASA in response to the possible restriction of deliveries of Russian RD-180 engines in the United States referred to the need to fulfill Moscow’s contract obligations.
In August, 2018 in Washington announced the preparation of new sanctions against Russia because of the incident in Salisbury (UK). In response to this, the Russian Senator Sergey riabukhin said that Moscow may limit the supply of U.S. missile RD-180 engines that the United Launch Alliance uses in the first stage of the rocket Atlas 5.
Powertrain produces NPO “Energomash”. In January 2018, the company CEO Igor Arbuzov said that more than half of the revenue of the plant is formed from the supply of engines in the USA, the RD — 180 to the United Launch Alliance and RD-181 for Orbital ATK (now part of Northrop Grumman).
In particular, in 2018, the company plans to supply customers with power units of three types — 11 RD-180 engines, six engines RD-181 and two RD-191, that is, of the 19 power plants 17 for the USA, while Russia needs only two.
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