I was reading the timeline for the launch and saw something that surprised me. The RL-150 engine that powers the Atlas V first stage...is of Russian design.
Whoa. Who knew?
And to think...the Atlas 1 design was an ICBM....to be used AGAINST Russia (or, more pecisely, the Soviet Union). Now we know one of the construction materials used on the Atlas V: irony.
The rocket engines used in the SeaLaunch rockets are Russian, too!
Pretty soon they’ll be making our fighter jets for us.