Russia halts deliveries of rocket engines to the U.S.
By: April Carson
Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia's Roscosmos space agency
The United States has ended a decades-long relationship with Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, after Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin announced that the country will no longer provide Russian made rocket engines to the United States.
The current situation could have a significant impact on the US space program, as it relies heavily on Russian-made engines to transport goods and personnel to and from the space station.
"Today we've made the decision to stop delivering NPO Energomash rocket engines to the United States," Rogozin said, according to Russian news site TASS. "Please keep in mind that these deliveries had been going on for a long time somewhere since the mid-1990s," he added.
TASS reported that the restriction will apply to US-based United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V rockets, which use RD-180 engines.
Tory Bruno, the CEO of ULA, said on Twitter that although he does not anticipate the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine having an effect on UCLA's operations, his company has already received its RD-180s in the near term.
Despite the fact that ULA, a commercial space transportation firm, is moving away from its Atlas line of rockets in favor of a new line called Vulcan that will be powered by engines designed by Jeff Bezos' US-based rocket company Blue Origin, it's not clear when those rockets will be operational.
According to Russian state media, the restriction also applies to RD-181 engines utilized on Northrop Grumman's Antares rockets. Unmanned resupply missions to the International Space Station are propelled by these rockets. Northrop Grumman did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
As of now, there are plans to deliver another 12 RD-181 engines in 2022-2024, and discussions were held with the United States regarding the delivery of RD-181M engines with enhanced operational characteristics, but we believe that in this case, we can no longer provide our finest engines to the United States.
Although the US does have alternative methods of transporting goods to and from the space station, it does not have one that is as quick or reliable as private spacecraft. SpaceX's Dragon capsules are frequently employed for this purpose.
"Let them fly on something else, on their brooms," Rogozin advised a Russian TV station this week. Rogozin is referring to the US space shuttle fleet, which was retired in 2011.
Russia's next objective will be to develop dual-purpose spacecraft that are suitable for Roscosmos and the Ministry of Defense, according to Rogozin.
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