Russian state-owned Roscosmos has decided to stop selling rocket engines to the United States. This is in response to global sanctions that Russia is currently burdened with. However, most American missile launchers will not be directly affected, but this is a key signal of the Russian space program.
News on Thursday Secularism Created by Dmitry Rogozin, President of Roscosmos. It is the official government agency responsible for non-Russian space exploration and research. In an interview with the Russian news agency TASS, Rogozin said in clear words: “Let them fly something else, their broom, I do not know what”. With this announcement, Russia wants to show that it is at war Taxes the rest of the world⁇
Both American parties depend on Russian machinery. These are the United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Northrop KrummanThe first group is a joint venture Lockheed Martin And Boeing And specializes in launching government satellites and space probes. The main clients are the US Space Force and NASA. Northrop Krumman, in turn, manufactures military aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and continues to carry cargo to the ISS.
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ULA Used The Russian RD-180 engine has been running its missiles for almost 20 years. In 2014, after Russia invaded Crimea, Congress temporarily banned the use of the machine. This led the ULA to look at American alternatives, after which it ended up with Jeff Bezos’ BE-4. Since those machines are not ready yet, Russian machines are used.
At present, Russian sanctions do not appear to have had a major impact on the ULA. The team says it currently has all the engines it needs for American engines.
Northrop Krumman is expected until 2024 Twelve Russian motorcycles To get, but that supply is now in the water. The company plans to add two more aircraft to the ISS, but it is unclear how these will be affected. The joint venture is currently looking for alternative suppliers.
Meanwhile, the United States has other options for obtaining the ISS, for example, Business partner SpaceX. Elon Musk’s company has already signed an agreement with NASA to send people and cargo to the ISS. All of the company’s hardware is made in the United States, which makes it relatively immune to Russia’s sanctions.
Roscosmos’ decision is a response to international sanctions against Russia. The country has suspended joint missiles with Europe, stopped launching a satellite in Kazakhstan and threatened to suspend cooperation with NASA on the ISS.
“We will closely monitor the activities of our US allies. If they are hostile, we will return to the question of the existence of the ISS, “the company recently told a state broadcaster. RT⁇
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