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April 16, 2015
US Space Company Unveils New Rocket
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 16, 2015
A new US-made launch vehicle, the Vulcan, will replace the existing Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles and also will use a US-made rocket engine, which is to replace the Russian-made RD-180, the space launch company United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced in a statement. "By streamlining the processes and rocket design, and developing a new all-American engine, ULA will continue to be the country's most innovative, cost-efficient and technically rigorous launch company, providing a wide range of service ... read more

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