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Air Force issues call for next-gen, US-made space launch systems

from Air Force Times

The Air Force announced two steps June 2 to move beyond its reliance on a Russian-made rocket engine for national security space launches, and to move toward a more competitive, next-generation launch system. The service released a request for proposal for the development of a domestically produced propulsion system as part of the congressionally required move away from the sole use of the Russian RD-180 engine on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The goal is to award a total of $160 million to four companies to develop prototypes of new systems. more

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