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Air Force Launches Search for New Rocket Engine

The Air Force will meet with firms interested in developing a replacement to the Russian-made RD-180 engine that helps lift U.S. military and spy satellites into space.

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ULA Blames SpaceX for Rocket Engine Spat

While the Lockheed-Boeing joint venture said it wasn’t aware of any restrictions on sales of the RD-180, it put fault for the fiasco squarely on SpaceX.

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McCain: Rocket Deal ‘Smacks of Cronyism’

Sen. John McCain, said the Air Force’s recent contract with a Lockheed-Boeing joint venture prevents potential new competitors from bidding for some of the work.