Podcast: U.S. Scrambles To Develop New Rocket Engine In Wake Of Disagreements With Russia


Today we published a story by Frank Morring and Amy Butler describing the current state of rocket-engine development. Since U.S.-Russian relations are on the rocks over Ukraine and other issues, lawmakers have signaled willingness to invest in an American rocket engine that could replace the workhorse RD-180 which is currently in use and purchased from Russia.

Read the story: Engine Makers Pushing AM, Other Technologies For RD-180 Replacement

Frank joined Bill Sweetman and Jim Asker in a discussion about engine development now and in the near future. Please listen in.

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on Sep 15, 2014

I know I am not current ( retired ) but it seems to me that there are efforts to produce new rocket motors, but they just aren't from the POP ( pals of the pentagon ) and are small startups who are doing it on their own. Even SpaceX seems to be mentally excluded from this thought process. As long as the POP group dominates the country and the taxpayer are cheated. The POP group were the ones who made the
decision to go "russian" in the first place, and now want to be "bailed" out. So typical of poor leadership stepping to the front and demanding rescue !

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