“Kuznetsov” to present liquid rocket engine NK-39 for the first time at the MAKS-2015



Samara engine-making complex “Kuznetsov” (part of Rostec) will introduce liquid rocket engine NK-39 at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015.

This year airshow visitors will first see the liquid rocket engine resource NK-39, designed for the third stage of the lunar launch vehicle N1-L3. According to Executive Director of “Kuznetsov” Nicholay Yakushin, today interest in the use of this engine in various projects, including foreign ones, is on the high level.


First two RD-181 rocket engines delivered to US



Russia has delivered to the United States the first two rocket engines RD-181 for the Antares carrier rocket under the contract signed previously.

“On July 15 the first two RD-181 engines were sent from Russia and delivered to the United States on July 16,” the press service said. Before departure to the United States the engines underwent pre-delivery checkout and firing trials.

All in all, Russia plans to deliver four RD-181 engines to the United States this year, another four will be delivered in 2016.

US can not stop buying Russian rocket engines


US can not stop buying Russian rocket engines for the next 10-15 years, the head of the Department of Communication and Information of the state corporation “Rostec” Vasily Brovko told reporters on Wednesday, July 22.

“Everyone understands that there are prospects to renounce Russian rocket engines for 10-15 years,” Brovko said.

He noted that the volume of exports to the US fell slightly only due to the reduction of small arms of concern “Kalashnikov”.

Pentagon Hopes for Softer Sanctions on Rocket Engine Purchases From Russia

RD-180 rocket engine

The US Department of Defense has asked the Senate to soften sanctions that ban American companies from buying the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines.

The Pentagon has urged the US Senate to soften sanctions against the use of RD-180 Russian rocket engines by American companies, the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti reported.The RD-180 is used in the first stage of US Atlas 5 rockets, and thus far there has been no US alternative to the Russian engines.

Earlier, Congress passed a legislation barring the use of the RD-180 on future military missions. In particular, the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act directs the US Air Force to wean itself from the Russian-built propulsion system by 2019. The ban was drafted in connections with the situation in Ukraine.

A separate piece of legislation provided 220 million dollars to the Air Force earlier this year to begin development of a US alternative to the engine.

Speaking at a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James proposed a spate of amendments to the law so that the US could buy the RD-180 engines that were ordered from Russia before the events related to Crimea’s reunification with Russia. The US has yet to pay for these engines.

According to James, the amendment “will help preserve the launches of competing Atlas rockets until US alternatives to the engines are developed.”


Senator John McCain, who is notoriously known for his anti-Russian rhetoric, was quick to wonder “whether it was in the interests of the United States is to subsidize the Russian defense industry, given Russia’s behavior.””No. It’s regrettable, but guaranteed access to space is much more important,” the Pentagon spokesman answered quoted by the Air Force Times.

In March 2015, the US announced a tender for space launches in connection with the ban on Russian rocket engines RD-180. The tender will be held for 28 launches, due to be conducted between 2020 and 2024.


Rogozin: contract prohibits the use of RD-181 for military purposes

01/19/2015 RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, January 16 – RIA Novosti. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the government aerospace industry, said that the contract between the NGOs “Energomash” and the American Orbital Sciences Corporation prohibits the use of Russian rocket engines for military purposes.


“Naturally, the provisions of the contract concluded by NPO” Energomash “, is expressly prohibited to use our engines for military purposes,” – Rogozin wrote on Friday in his microblog on Twitter.

US to buy 60 Russian rocket engines worth $1 bln — company


January 16,  MOSCOW
The RD-181 engines will be used for the first stage of the Antares rockets, manufactured by Orbital Sciences

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MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Russia’s manufacturer NPO Energomash is to provide 60 new RD-181 rocket engines for US company Orbital Sciences, the Izvestia newspaper reported on Friday citing the president of RKK Energia space corporation.

A contract for the delivery of 20 rocket engines has already been signed, says Vladimir Solntsev, who participated in the deal representing Energomash, as he is the executive director of the group.

“We are committed to deliver 60 engines. Three options have been signed, each for 20 engines. There is a firm contract for 20 engines, which we have started fulfilling, as we are due to supply the first two engines next June,” Solntsev told the newspaper in an interview.

Energomash, one of the world’s leading rocket engine manufacturers, and Russia’s United Rocket and Space Corporation have received all the necessary permissions from government bodies for the delivery of the RD-181 engines for Orbital Sciences, he said.

“The contract envisages restrictions for the use of RD-181 engines in military programs,” Solntsev said, explaining that the rockets with the engine cannot be used for launching military spacecraft.

The contract worth around $1 billion for 60 engines includes not only the costs of the engine production but also a whole range of services – flight training, installing the rocket engine and conducting tests.

“I believe the contract is focused on cooperation within 15-25 years, as no one will regularly change engines on a rocket,” he added.

The RD-181 engines will be used for the first stage of the Antares rockets, manufactured by Orbital Sciences. These rockets earlier used AJ-26 engines which were made on the basis of Soviet NK-33.


Russia, US Sign $1Bln Contract on RD-181 Rocket Engine Deliveries

Inside the spacecraft Kliper

Russian rocket producer Energiya President Vladimir Solntsev and US Orbital Sciences Corporation General Director David Thompson signed a direct contract worth around $1 billion on the delivery to the United States of engines produced by Energomash (a subsidiary of Energiya).


MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) – Russian rocket producer Energiya has signed a $1 billion contract with US Orbital Sciences Corporation for the delivery of 60 RD-181 engines, the company’s press service said Friday in a statement.”Energia President Vladimir Solntsev and Orbital Sciences Corporation General Director David Thompson signed a direct contract worth around $1 billion on the delivery to the United States of engines produced by Energomash [a subsidiary of Energia],” the statement says.

According to the press release, the contract also includes a provision on a range of services including flight training, installation of the engine on the rocket and engine tests. The contract, that took Energia three years to prepare, envisages cooperation to last 15 to 25 years, according to Solntsev.

The first two engines, which are used on carrier rockets to deliver cargoes to the International Space Station, will be delivered in June 2015.


Orbital said in December that they looked at several other propulsion providers, but decided to use the RD-181 engines because the Russia-designed engine offered “the best combination of schedule availability, technical performance and cost parameters as compared to other possible options.”This is the second large-scale deal Energomash has made with a US company. In the late 1990s, the company won a contract with United Launch Alliance to supply RD-180 engines for Atlas rockets. This contract, also valued at about $1 billion, is still functional.

In October, the Antares rocket, which was supposed to deliver over two tons of cargo to the ISS, exploded six seconds after launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.