Russia Space Corporation: Russia will export 30 More Rocket Engines to US



Russia's Energia Rocket and Space Corporation is currently discussing a contract with US to increase RD-180 rocket engine shipments. The new shipments will be delivered via RoRo carrier to the port of Houston.

Russian rocket manufacturer Energia is currently in talks with US space launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) over a contract to deliver 30 additional RD-180 rocket engines, Energia head Vladimir Solntsev said Friday.

We are currently discussing [with ULA] a contract to increase the engine shipment – i.e. at least 30 more engines,' Solntsev said on Rossiya-24 TV channel.

According to the Energia head, the United States wants the engines as soon as possible to 'be sure of the future of Atlas-5 rocket.' The RD-180 is the engine that powers the ULA Atlas V rocket.

24 engines are to be delivered by 2018. [The previous contract] will definitely be fulfilled,' he added. He also stated that Energia was determined to continue cooperation with its American partners in deep space exploration.


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'During our business trip to the States, we discussed many questions regarding deep space exploration, the use of International Space Station, expansion and increase in the range of scientific, biomedical, applied experiments, material science, metallurgy,' Solntsev said, adding that his company could achieve much in its cooperation with the United States.

According to Solntsev, the Russian and American sides have a complete understanding between each other, and work as a team in preparing contracts.

It was announced earlier Friday that Energia had signed a $1-billion contract with US Orbital Sciences Corporation for the delivery of 60 RD-181 engines. The engines will be delivered to America via RoRo transport, the first two engines will arrive in the port of Houston June 2015, after which Russia will deliver engines quarterly until the entirety of the contract has been fulfilled.

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Source from : CNSS