A version of this article appears in the June 9 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. As unusually strong and swift legislative support for funding a new U.S. rocket engine program continues to gain momentum, the battle lines for designs are being drawn between the two likely bidders, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SpaceX. Aerojet Rocketdyne, sticking with liquid oxygen/kerosene fuel, is targeting a cost of $20-25 million per “ship set” of two new AR1 engines, says Scott ...

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