Created by Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corporation United Launch Alliance, has signed agreements with a number of U.S. companies to manufacture rocket engine of new generation, which will be required to replace Russian liquid rocket engine RD-180.
as long as the story is about and survey works. Each of the organizations with which ULA signed contracts, is expected to present a feasibility study of the project, plan and schedule of works, their cost, as well as identify possible technical risks. Later United Launch Alliance will select the firm that is specifically engaged in the development of the new engine. The first runs with it is expected to start no earlier 2019, according to ITAR-TASS. According to the head of United Launch Alliance Michael Gass, its application by the company of the Russian RD-180 has been very successful, However, he said, it is time to invest in production of the Russian rocket engine. At the same time in the United Launch Alliance report that will continue to work with the Russian-American joint plant RD Amross to study in the long term profitability of application of RD-180 compared with the new engine. Remember, Russian NPO Energomash supplies in the U.S. rocket engines RD-180, around which in the last period has started a real fight inside the United States: on the background of punishment, adopted concerning Russia in connection with the events in Ukraine, defined by the American organization has decided to improve their situation, achieving a ban on deliveries of Russian products. However, it was to replace the RD-180, which is installed on the American boosters Atlas-5, they in fact have nothing, and in early may the authorities of the USA has asked its own court to lift the ban on the purchase of Russian engines. The development of the rocket engine instead of the Russian RD-180 can cost US in 1, 5 billion dollars. Funds for development of the engine has already allocated the Committee on military power of the United States Senate. However, it claimed that North America until not found a replacement for the Russian rocket engines. The RD-180 is set on the 1-St stage developed by Lockheed Martin Corporation media Atlas V, which Together with the Delta IV rocket organization of The Boeing Company has long is the workhorse of the Pentagon. Two giant aerospace USA formed a joint venture with United Launch Alliance with a long and multi-million dollar contract with the U.S. Department of defense on the launching reconnaissance satellites.