The recent turmoil in the Crimean peninsula is adding fuel to Elon Musk's argument against using the Atlas V rocket to launch military satellites. The Lockheed Martin-designed rocket uses a Russian RD-180 engine, and in the context of Russian intervention in Ukraine last week, the outspoken SpaceX CEO suggested to lawmakers in a recent congressional hearing that Russia is a potentially unreliable partner that cannot be considered a long-term source for a U.S. company launching ...


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