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    Energomash company employees stand near RD-180 engines prepared for shipment to the United States in a shop at the Energomash

    Ukraine, US Plan to Launch Jointly-Developed Space Rocket in Coming Months

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    Ukraine and the United States are planning to launch a jointly-developed rocket in the coming months, as part of the two countries' space cooperation, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly said Monday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — On May 30, head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine Lyubomyr Sabadosh said that Ukraine proposed to the United States joint development and production of rocket engines to replace Russia’s RD-180 that the US side buys for its space industry.

    "I hope that this will not be such a sensation. We are planning to launch a jointly-developed rocket with the United States in the coming months. We have serious achievements in the cooperation on the launch," Chaly said in an interview with the Ukrainian television channel 5 Kanal.

    Chaly added that Kiev had been unable to hold a joint meeting with representatives of the United States on cooperation in the space sector since 2008, but such a meeting took place some two weeks ago.

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