Reply to post: Re: RD-180 - Russian Built

Dickens' forgotten spaceship classic: A Tale of Three Missions

Gene Cash Silver badge

Re: RD-180 - Russian Built

Yup. Originally, using the RD-180s came with a requirement from Congress to start producing them in the US.

Then Congress decided to not pay for that.

Sound familiar?

The SpaceX Merlin engine is a derivative of the FASTRAC engine that NASA binned because Congress refused to pay for it.

Then Congress bitches that we have no native rocket engine development programs, until the RD-180 forced funding of things due to embarrassment.

The X-37B is similar. NASA started the program, Congress decided to not pay for it, and the USAF fished it out of the trashbin.

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