U.S Senate Passed Amendments Regarding Russian Rocket Engines
The U.S Senate has passed an amendment to the Iran-Russia sanctions bill, but the American spaceflight just dodged a bullet. Nobody would have grilled both NASA and the private outfits from using rocket engines of Russia. The actual and original objective was supposed to avoid purchases from those organizations working with Russian intelligence and defense. It would have efficiently banned imports of the common RD-180 engine (used in Atlas 5 in ULA) and RD-181 (used in Orbital Antares of ATK). The altered or amended bill still need to go through the U.S House of Representatives, but it will be passed completely when both the sanctions and amendment will receive powerful dual-party support.
Point to be noted that the amendment passed with 94 to 6 and the bill cleared the Senate with 98 to 2. It is predicted that the U.S Senate will be going to catch the mistake, it is sure to say that the importance of missing might be more critical and can generate more issues. Various upcoming commercial and civil missions are much dependent on rockets powered by Russian motors. This bill will unfortunately force them to delay or even discard their entire missions. It is not much reassuring if you are a crew member at a space station and waiting for resupplies. The U.S might be trying to lessen its dependence on Russian space technology after developing more engines for its own need, but cut ties rapidly will generate bad results.