Sec. James: Air Force Needs More Time To Develop RD-180 Alternative

By Courtney Albon / February 25, 2015 at 2:05 PM
The Air Force is pushing for an extension on the congressionally imposed 2019 deadline for eliminating reliance on a Russian-made rocket engine, saying that technical analysis shows the service may need until at least 2021 to develop a domestic alternative and possibly another two years beyond that to integrate that engine onto a launch vehicle. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told a panel of lawmakers at a Jan. 25 Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing that the Air Force's technical...

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