According to Fox News’s James Rosen, a top Russian official is still benefiting from a DoD contract that supplies the U.S. Air Force with RD-180 engines for its EELV Space Launch Program, despite White House sanctions in regard to the Ukraine crisis.
Dmitry Rogozin, one of the individuals sanctioned by the Obama Administration, is the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation in charge of Russia’s military-industrial complex, which includes the country’s space sector. Here’s an article that showcases the Prime Minister’s comedic reaction to the announcement of sanctions, as well as a list of other Russian officials targeted.
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Read more about the Atlas V that is mentioned in the report – FACT SHEET – Current Space Launch Vehicles Used by the United States
Read more about the national security implications of the reliance on Russia to launch its satellites and what the American Security Project is saying about this issue –
WHITE PAPER – National Security and Space – The Next Space Race: Competition
National Security and America’s Space Challenge
Senators Call on DOD for Competition in Air Force Space Launch Program
RD-180 – The Jeopardized Russian Backbone of the US Space Program
Risk of Russia’s Space tie-ins Emerge with Crimea Crisis
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