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    Russia to Deliver 20 RD-180 Engines to US for Atlas 5 Carrier Rockets

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    Russia’s space and rocket company, Energomash, will deliver 20 RD-180 engines to the United States by 2019 for the US Atlas 5’s first-stage rocket carriers, Energomash said Thursday.

    A ULA Atlas V rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The US Congress has allotted $220 million on the development of its own new engines.

    “Energomash and the US company RD Amross have concluded an additional agreement and contract on the delivery of engines in December of this year. Energomash will deliver another 20 RD-180 engines to the United States by 2019 inclusively for use in Atlas’s first-stage rocket carriers,” Energomash said in a statement. 

    In 2014, the US Congress passed a law requiring the United States to develop a domestically produced next-generation rocket propulsion system by 2019 in order to eliminate reliance on the Russian RD-180 rocket engines.

    The US Congress has allotted $220 million on the development of its own new engines.

    On Friday, the Congress passed an all-encompassing 2,200-page budget that includes a provision allowing the United States to continue purchasing the Russian RD-180 rocket engines, which it uses for national defense and other space launches.


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