Russian rocket engines provided one in five space launches in 2020

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Moscow. January 21. INTERFAX-Rocket engines produced by NPO Energomash provided 23 of the 114 space launches conducted in 2020, Roscosmos reported.

"The engines developed by NPO Energomash named after Glushko (part of the state corporation Roscosmos) in 2020 successfully worked in 24 launches out of 114 (21.05%) in the world, "the report says.

As specified in the "Roscosmos", they include 15 launches made from the Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny cosmodromes, as well as two launches of Soyuz ST-A rockets from the Kourou cosmodrome, seven launches of American launch vehicles, five launches of Atlas 5 and two Antares".

"In total, 95 liquid rocket engines developed by NPO Energomash were used in the 2020 launches: 75 - RD-107A/108A, 6-RD-276, 5-RD-191, 5-RD-180 and 4-RD-181," the state corporation added.

As reported by Interfax, according to public procurement data, in 2021, Energomash will supply at least ten RD-180 and RD-181 rocket engines to the United States.

The RD-180 engine is intended for use as part of the American Atlas-5 launch vehicles. The RD-181 is used in the Antares rockets, which send Cygnus cargo ships to the International Space Station.

According to the NGO "Energomash", since 1999, 116 RD-180 engines have been delivered to the United States. In recent years, the US Congress has repeatedly called on the US Air Force to abandon their use. However, according to congressmen, it is unlikely to be possible to replace Russian rocket engines until 2024, including due to the significant high cost of the American counterpart being created.

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