A great illustration of Senator McCain’s battle against the RD-180

I strive to keep Space Thoughts on substantive topics, but I will digress for this occasion.  Jeff Burney, who is a Freelance editorial cartoonist and illustrator in Ottawa, Canada created an editorial comic illustrating Senator John McCain’s fight against the RD-180 rocket engine.  I do have respect for Senator McCain, and this cartoon does not […]

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Opening Thoughts: The RD-180 Ban is More About Politics Than National Security

The war against the use of the RD-180 is one being waged on the political battlefield and not exclusively in the arena of national security.   The engine, which is part of the Atlas V configuration, has reliably provided assured access to space for going on a decade with over fifty successful launches. The unique technology […]

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