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Breaking: Congress bans use of Russian rocket engine

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by Grendal, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. Grendal

    Grendal Active Member

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    Congress OKs bill banning purchases of Russian-made rocket engines - LA Times

    "Despite lobbying from a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., the Senate voted 89-11 to approve a bill Friday that would ban the Pentagon from awarding future rocket launch contracts to firms using Russian engines."

    That is a big deal. No more RD-180's for ULA. I believe they bought a bunch on the off chance that this would happen. I believe this would supercede the lawsuit and make it unnecessary.

    "The measure has already passed the House and is now headed for the expected signature of President Obama."
     
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    It's about time!
     
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    "but... can we use up the ones we already bought? Please?"
     
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    They banned the purchase, not using them.
     
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    The devil is in the details, no doubt, but nice to see Congress passing a bipartisan bill that actually makes sense.
     
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    Thanks for the article Grendal. For those that didn't read it, here are some sections relevant to what's being discussed here:

     
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    Ratz...I wanted one of those for ma Roadster...
     

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