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National Security Space Launch and the Industrial Base: Issues and Opportunities

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Location: Army Navy Club, Farragut Square, Washington, DC, US,

In light of the deterioration in U.S.-Russian relations over the past several months, and the subsequent proposed Russian ban on the export to the U.S. of the RD-180 rocket engine, what are the space launch propulsion options for the United States in the coming years? In order to assess this question, the Air Force convened an independent advisory panel of experts, chaired by Major General Howard J. 'Mitch' Mitchell, USAF (ret.), to examine the impact of a Russian ban on the export of the RD-180 engine.

The independent advisory panel's final report - now known as the Mitchell study - is classified, but in recent weeks enough has come out to build a worrying picture of U.S. options. A Russian ban of the export of the RD-180 will have a serious impact on the ability of the U.S. to use the Atlas V launch vehicle and the launch manifests assigned to it through 2020. Many of these manifests could be transferred to the Delta IV launch vehicle, but not with out significant delay and cost, and certainly not without the need for a new engine. A replacement for the RD-180 will take many years to develop, and will cost anywhere between $1.5-3 billion. That, at least, is the speculation reported by the media.

On July 23, the Marshall Institute will host a discussion of these issues, featuring:

Mr. Josh Hartman, CEO of Horizon Strategies Group, and a member of the Air Force's independent advisory panel chaired by Maj. Gen. Mitchell; and

Professor Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute at the George Washington University, Washington, DC

When: July 23, 2014

Time: 9-10:30am

Where:  Army Navy Club, Farragut Square, Washington, DC


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