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Commercialization

Hearing on Russian Engines

By Keith Cowing
June 26, 2015
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Hearing on Russian Engines

Hearing: Assuring National Security Space: Investing in American industry to end reliance on Russian rocket engines
Keith’s note: The House Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing Friday with quite a cast of characters – Tory Bruno, Rob Meyerson, Julie Van Kleeck, Frank Culbertson, Jeff Thornburg, Katrina McFarland, John Hyten, Samuel Greaves, and, to round out the fun, Mike Griffin. This hearing ought to be a classic example of the old Washington adage “where you stand depends on where you sit”.
You can catch the live tweeting stream from this morning’s hearing that was posted on Twitter by @NASAWatch by following tweets with the #RD180 hashtag
SpaceX Prepared Testimony by Jeffrey Thornburg
“Continued reliance by U.S. launch providers on risky foreign supply chains for major subsystemsincluding propulsionhas materially weakened the U.S. industrial base. Now, however, private industry is investing internal funds to restore America’s leading edge in rocket technology. As a matter of industrial policy, it makes little sense to extend reliance on foreign sources of key subsystems when American technology can step in today.”
United Launch Alliance Discusses Future Innovations While Maintaining Industry Leading Reliability and Capability
“To end use of the RD-180 engine and make commercial investments in a new engine and system that will meet our national launch requirements, ULA needs the ability to compete into the next decade,” said Bruno. “The House has correctly addressed concern over the RD-180 engine by allowing ULA to use engines already on contract while prohibiting additional purchases, which reflects the original intent of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act.”

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