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Space Foundation Issues Fact Sheet on U.S. Use of Russian-made Rocket Engines


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 14, 2014) - A fact sheet issued by the Space Foundation details U.S. use of Russian-made rocket engines, addressing concerns of some policy makers and the public. This Space Foundation-created fact sheet provides such information as:

  • which Russian rocket engines are in use within U.S. space launch programs
  • the heritage of the engines
  • technical and performance characteristics of each engine
  • why these engines were selected for use
  • typical payloads for the launch vehicles using the Russian engine
  • how many engines have flown for each program
  • how many engines are at present in inventory

As with our annual publication The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, the Space Foundation is providing information to help policy makers arrive at informed decisions without the Space Foundation asserting a particular policy direction.
Read the fact sheet at

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Through our Washington, D.C., office, the Space Foundation conducts a broad range of programs to educate policymakers about the complex space-related topics they must address, and to ensure that the industry is well-informed on critical space-policy issues.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., features a public Discovery Center including the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and from its Washington, D.C., office, conducts government affairs, publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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