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Aug 05 2015

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First RD-181s delivered

Russia Delivers First Two RD-181 Rocket Engines Under $1Bln Contract to US. They were delivered 16 July to Orbital Sciences.

This isn’t big news in an of itself, except for the controversy of using Russian engines.

Back in December, Orbital said that they had looked at several other propulsion providers, but decided to use the RD-181 engines because the Russia-designed engine offered ‘the best combination of schedule availability, technical performance and cost parameters as compared to other possible options.’

The sooner the American rocket engine manufacturers take up the slack, the better.

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