USA have a supply of Russian RD-180 engines for launches of its rockets Atlas-5 years ahead, and it is unclear whether they are still of their order, told RIA Novosti the head of the space policy Institute Ivan Moiseev.
Liquid rocket engine RD-180 NPO "Energomash" used in the first stage of the rocket Atlas-5. In the United States to replace the Atlas-5 rocket being developed by Vulcan, at the first step which will be installed engines of the BE-4 company Blue Origin. On Saturday it became known about the delivery of the first test of the engine BE-4.
A military expert from the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Evseev said, which can lead to the refusal of the US the Russian rocket engines RD-180.
In an interview with the newspaper "Evening Moscow", the expert called the move of the Americans is purely political, while noting its inevitability.
The United Launch Alliance announced on Twitter that he had received from the first Blue Origin rocket engine BE-4, designed to replace the Russian RD-180.
The Assembly is not serial, it will be used for testing together with a carrier, a spokesman for Blue Origin portal Space News.
The militarization of space the US may disrupt cooperation with Russia, said Deputy General Director of state Corporation "Rosatom" Sergey Savelyev.
Earlier, the Ministry of defense has completed the development of a "Strategy of defense in space", which was prepared in response to the alleged "significant threat" from Russia and China.