Air Force wants its own (rocket) booster seat

The RD-180 engine is currently used for the first stage of the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V launch vehicle. The push to find an alternative to the Russian-made system has accelerated since the country’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine in 2014, according to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Rising tensions with Moscow have spurred the military and industry to examine alternatives to the system.


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