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John McCain Furious at Pentagon for Still Purchasing Russian Rockets

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MUOS-3 Navy communications satellite and Atlas-V rocket at pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for launch on January 20, 2015. Despite John McCain’s profound displeasure, US defense officials are not inclined to abandon the RD-180 Russian rocket engines until 2021 or 2022 earliest. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the United States Air Force has become one of Russia’s... 

Russia superior to US in space technology

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The US government’s recent order of Russian rocket engines shows that America has become inferior to Russia in space technology, says an American analyst and former US Army officer. United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, said Wednesday it had ordered 20 new RD-180 rocket engines from Russia on top of 29 engines it ordered last year. The Russian engines will... 
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