The United States still do not have a type of rocket engine of the Russian RD-180 and his replacement will not be able to at least 2030 of the year. This is stated in the report of the US Congressional analysts, prepared for US lawmakers, According to RT.
According to the compilers of the report, at the moment the United States have nothing to replace the Russian rocket engine, as the proposed alternatives can not achieve the same performance, demonstrates that RD-180. The creation of its domestic rocket engine with similar characteristics will take at least 10 years.
Even in the case of a smooth and carried out exactly according to the schedule of the transition from the RD-180 to other engines or boosters is likely, that the performance and reliability indicators, achieved so far by using the RD-180, It is able to play until much later 2030 of the year
– the report said.
Especially highlighted in the report, that the search for an alternative to the Russian RD-180 in the United States engaged in 2015 year, immediately after the imposition of sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Ukraine and Moscow's response and reactions so far have not succeeded. According to US laws and adopted documents, The United States should renounce the use Russian engines, but it will happen no earlier than 2024 of the year.
Meanwhile, it became known about the estimated date of the start of the ISS American manned spacecraft with the crew. As RIA Novosti reported, citing a source in the Russian rocket and space industry, tentative launch is scheduled for May of this year,.
According to the data, which come from the American side, start of the first ship with a crew Crew Dragon is scheduled for 20 May
– It leads the agency source as saying.