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  • Pentagon Blames Congress For Fouling Up Rocket Deals With Russia: Geopolitical positioning system

    Space makes for strange relationships. With NASA’s Space Shuttle shuttered since 2011, American astronauts have hitched rides to the International Space Station inside Russian Soyuz rockets for the past four years. But ever since Russia claimed Crimea and supported a separatist movement in Ukraine, the United States and Russia haven’t exactly been on great terms. Congress passed punitive sanctions on Russia, and in retaliation, Russia forbade the sale of rocket engines to the American military. Yet the Pentagon, which is currently supplying the Ukrainian military with vehicles, now needs a little help getting its military satellites to space. So it's...
  • Jeff Bezos Strikes Down Russian Space Rocket Engine Maker

    09/20/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 19, 2014 (Issue # 1829) | Matthew Bodner
    In a surprise turn of events, U.S. space industry behemoth United Launch Alliance, or ULA, and Blue Origin — a secretive space startup owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos — have unveiled an American rocket engine that may end Russia's supremacy in the field. [....] The development of the engine, known as the Blue Engine 4, or BE-4, will certainly strike NPO Energomash, Russia's premier rocket engine design firm, analysts say.
  • Cash for Russian Clunkers

    07/30/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Something stinks here. And it’s more than just wastewater from the marshy ground in and around Washington, DC. When a commercial airline is shot out of the sky it immediately triggers a number of questions. What kind of projectile? Where did it come from? Who fired it? All of these questions are answered by spy satellites. But getting one of these expensive satellites into orbit requires we launch a rocket. At present, the United States is buying rocket engines from Russia for these critical national security launches . That is right. Even while a domestic supply of launch vehicles is...
  • Senators vow to reassert America's rocket power

    07/16/2014 2:12:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    Lawmakers and top military officials on Wednesday expressed fears that friction with Russia could someday leave the United States without the power to launch rockets into space. Reliance on a single Russian engine to launch many critical military satellites could come back to haunt the U.S., officials said, if tensions between the two nations continue to rise. “If you consider space a national security priority, then you absolutely have to consider assured access to space a national security priority,” Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force’s space command, testified in a joint Senate committee hearing on Wednesday. “Given that...
  • Russia Calls for Ban of US Military Launches Using Russian Rocket Engines

    05/14/2014 8:17:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | Mike Gruss
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the country’s space sector, said he would ban exports of Russian-made rocket engines used to launch U.S. military satellites. Rogozin also said via Twitter that Russia does not intend to continue cooperating with the United States on the International Space Station program beyond 2020. The White House has proposed extending station operations to 2024 and has been working to bring the program's international partners onboard. The rocket engine in question is the RD-180, which is used to power the first stage of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket, one of the U.S....
  • Breaking: Moscow to ban US from using Russian rocket engines for military launches

    05/13/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    RT ^ | 5-13-2014 | RT
    Moscow is banning Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines, which the US has used to deliver its military satellites into orbit, said Russia’s Deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries. According to Rogozin, Russia is also halting the operation of all American GPS stations on its territory from June 1. DETAILS TO FOLLOW
  • Russia Restricts U.S. Access To Space Over Ukraine

    05/15/2014 9:15:21 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    World Leadership: In retaliation for imposing sanctions over Ukraine, Moscow will bar our use of its rocket engines in launching U.S. military satellites and deny the U.S. use of the International Space Station. It may come as news to some that the nation that once used the massive Saturn V launch vehicle to put men on the moon now imports Russian rocket engines, but we do. That supply is to be cut off in response to the sanctions imposed by President Obama in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its actions against Ukraine. Also to be cut off is...
  • Russia Will Cut Off US Access to the International Space Station Over Ukraine Sanctions

    05/13/2014 2:39:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 13, 2014 | Adriana Jeffries
    Russia will reject a US request to use the International Space Station after 2020 in retaliation for trade sanctions imposed over Russia's aggressive annexation of Crimea, its deputy prime minister announced today. The space station is maintained by both American and Russian crews. But because NASA's shuttle program was decommissioned in 2011, the only way to get there is on board Russian spacecraft. The US currently pays Russia $60 million per person to ferry its astronauts to the space station, and had planned to continue working on it until 2024. "The Russian segment can exist independently from the American one....
  • Congressman Mo Brooks reacts to Russia's ban on exporting rocket engines

    05/15/2014 9:35:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    waaytv.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Kalie Lanford
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - As conflict in the Ukraine heats-up, Russia is trying to keep the U.S. at bay, by terminating a partnership with NASA. "This is an issue we have to address if we are going to maintain America’s preeminence in space," said U.S. Rep Mo Brooks (R-5thDistrict). 
Russia has threatened to stop selling RD-180 rocket engines to the U.S., and to stop allowing U.S. astronauts to use their rockets to go to the International Space Station in 2020. "What you are seeing is the International Space Station and our military satellites have been caught up in a game...
  • How Russia could strangle the US space program

    03/25/2014 2:36:15 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Global Post.com ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | Jean MacKenzie
    How Russia could strangle the US space program Jean MacKenzie If you use a cellphone, have a GPS system in your car, or get cash from ATMs, you should be worried. BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Think Russia has no way to put pressure on the United States? Think again. The US relies heavily on Russia to furnish the engines that power rockets that deliver both military and civil payloads into space. This includes GPS systems in cars and cellphones, and even systems that allow ATMs to function. Weather satellites are launched into space via Russian-powered rockets, and military systems such...
  • Rocket launches on mission to International Space Station

    03/25/2014 2:07:58 PM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies
    Fox ^ | March 25, 2014
    Russians getting ready to launch. Live at link.