A version of this article appears in the May 19 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. As Lockheed Martin’s Atlas V rocket gains traction in the commercial launch market, Russia’s threat to restrict sales of its RD-180 engine could get in the way. Widely known as one of the most reliable—and expensive—rockets, the Atlas V has not been a serious contender in the global commercial launch market, which is dominated by Russian Proton and European Ariane 5 ...
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