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Russia Looks to Hurt U.S. in Space After New Sanctions

2018-08-10 10:37:00       source:The Daily Beast

August 9, 2018

Russia’s retaliation to new U.S. sanctions is likely going to place American access to space at risk.

To get heavy payloads into orbit, American rockets like the Atlas V use Russia’s powerful RD-180 engine—an engine that previous rounds of U.S. sanctions have studiously exempted.

But now, following the Trump administration’s decision to retaliate for the Kremlin poisoning a former spy and his daughter, Russian officials are threatening to block sales of the RD-180 to the Americans.

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