The fight on Capitol Hill over the use of Russian rocket engines is entering a new phase. Last year, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and others on the Senate Appropriations Committee gained the advantage over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), pushing passage of legislation that allowed the U.S. Air Force to use 14 RD-180 engines—and overruling a previous McCain-led limit of nine RD-180s to launch military satellites into space under a program to provide Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) ...


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