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    The United States plans to certify American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX to carry its national security payloads into space and has so far been ‘encouraged’ by the approach the company has taken to replace Russian rocket engines, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The National Intelligence chief said that Washington’s plan would be to "certify SpaceX for carrying our national security payloads into space."

    "My interest is in seeing to it that our overhead reconnaissance constellation is replenished and replenished on time, and there is a capability with the Delta which you allude, is we think from our standpoint…both effective and cost efficient and I certainly do agree on [the] fundamental American tenant of competition, that's why I'm quite encouraged by the aggressive approach that SpaceX has taken," Clapper said when asked whether Washington needed to stop its dependency on Russian rocket engines.

    Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines fire the first stage of the US Atlas V launch vehicle, used in the majority of the US military space launches.

    The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act prevents the United Launch Alliance, which provides spacecraft launch services to the US government, from completing the acquisition of 18 engines ordered before the US imposed sanctions on Russia.


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      "Made in America." "Made in Russia." Which engine would you choose to send your children into space with? And remember, the toilet seats in one of them are your garden variety at $650 each. Now there's a selfie you want to be outlined in!
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      The Space-X Falcon engine is an evolution of Russian design as is its planned methane engine similar to the old Soviet NK-33. The US is locked into Russian engines for many years to come as there is nothing comparable. Orbital science has 60 engines on order, and United Launch Alliance has 34 engines on order.
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      That's OK. Russia will be cheaper and with the world in line to do launches. DO NOT TEACH YOUR CRAFT TO NO ONE.
      Now those rocket scientists should get slapped everytime for playing the BUFFOON"S. Even when Russia got some extra tech.
      Now Russia MUST innovate to make cheaper , more powerful engines. 3D printed. Anyways, Russia should re build the BURAN.
      But bigger. With enough cargo space, to accommodate satellites, An ARM build in RUSSIA ONLY.. Bring supplies to new space , and a crew. the crew should have space to dine, watch tv etc, communicate, rest and some experiment while doing all that. ..on it's way back, or the new crew could preform repairs, and satellite positioning . Then on way back bring all refuse and junk back to earth.
      A hypersonic drone should propel the new Buran to orbit, then return somewhere in Russia. A big plane should be able to get them real high, and even propel them to X speed before separation and return.
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      backfromthegraavin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, Well if it is too teh moon ... then Sapce X ... as it will only be the outskirts Salt Lake City !
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      marcanhaltin reply tobackfromthegraav(Show commentHide comment)
      backfromthegraav, :-)
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      so, government and commerce working together...
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      Who says sanctions do not work? Watch the boomerang as it is working right here costing much more to put that junk-barge up in the air..but who cares, the usa can print money at will! A Phyrric victory for Europe in the end! who cares?
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