The American organization of rocket and space industry ready by 2019 to build the engine to replace the Russian RD-180 by 2019 and promise that It will be cheaper.
The RD-180 used in the first stage of the American Atlas rockets, as long as the U.S. industry does not produce analogues of Russian engines.
on the last working day of the week in the Committee on armed services of the chamber authorized the U.S. Congress held hearings on the issue of the creation of the U.S. space & rocket engines with the participation of leading organizations in the United States in this area - United Launch Alliance (a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing, Blue Origin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, SpaceEx.
"We are ready to finish the verification and certification of the engine by 2019," said Vice-President of Aerojet Rocketdyne Julie van Click. She added, because it will be a completely new engine, and not the Russian analogue, so as to produce Russian - too expensive, as It is very difficult ".
"Our engine will be thirty percent cheaper Russian ", - said the head of United Launch Alliance Salvatore Bruno. He told that the Firm is considering creating a project coupled engines for launch vehicles instead of a single RD-180, which is currently used.
simultaneously organizations are not Authorized even called the approximate price of the works and the engine.
The chamber authorized the U.S. Congress in the early winter of 2014 in the form of anti-Russian measures on the events in Ukraine have accepted the amendment of Senator McCain, which involves a complete refusal of the U.S. rocket engines RD-180 to 2019. An exception is made to contract by a consortium of Boeing and Lockheed Martin (ULA) with Russian NPO "Energomash" until 2019. Stating that the Congress allocated $ 220 million for the development of new American engines.
in March, the US announced that it would hold a tender for space launches in connection with the planned abandonment of the Russian rocket engines RD-180. The competition will be conducted in 28 starts, which is expected to produce in the years 2020-2024.