Russia will supply 14 U.S. rocket engines RD-181

Russian company NPO “Energomash” with the 2017 and 2018 will deliver to the US American company Orbital ATK 14 rocket engines RD-181. About it to Agency “RIA Novosti” said Director General of NPO “Energomash” Igor Arbuzov.

According to him, the Russian engines will be used in the US for launch vehicles Antares. The first launch of the rocket, equipped with two RD-181 first stage, as told to the Agency of Watermelons, to be held October 16. It is assumed that at the ISS will be sent to space truck Cygnus.

“Under the contract, we are required to deliver in 2017 and 2018 14 engines. I don’t think there’s any replacement on other engines: experiments came out and no alternative was found,” — said the head of “Energomash”. He also expressed hope that the implementation of the Russian-American program will not affect “the General political background.” “There is risks on both sides, which, in the end, I hope, will be overcome,” summed up Watermelons.

He said the Agency, development of the RD-181 for the upgraded American carrier rocket Antares began in 2014. At the same time a contract was signed for the supply. The first firing test of the engine took place in early 2015, and in may last year, was successfully completed certification of RD-181.

Besides, as has told “RIA Novosti” Watermelons, another Russian engine, the RD-180 will be used in the US for the implementation of programs for sending American astronauts to the ISS with the help of heavy launch vehicles Atlas-5, and to launch a new spacecraft, the Boeing company. The supply of engines takes place in the framework of the contract from 2017 to 2019. “What will happen after 2019, tight now discussing with our American colleagues,” — said Arbuzov.

Earlier, on October 12, it became known that another Russian-American space project “Venus-D” is scheduled to launch in 2016-2017. This was during a speech at the seventh Moscow international Symposium on Solar system research said the representative of the space research Institute (IKI) Russian Academy of Sciences Lyudmila Bolt. The project aims at creating a long-lived station on Venus.