White House requests $1.2 billion for new rocket in Air Force budget

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    White House requests $1.2 billion for new rocket in Air Force budget

    United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket, powered by the Russian RD-180 engine, above, prepares to launch. The use of the engine on national security mission has led to major spending proposals in the fiscal year 2017 budget. Credit: ULA

    By Mike Gruss — February 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force plans to invest more than $1.2 billion over the next five years to develop a new launch system that would aim to end the Defense Department’s reliance on a Russian rocket engine, according to budget documents set to be released Feb. 9.

    The President’s budget request for the next fiscal year also includes about $2.1 billion in 2021 to develop follow-on systems to two of the Air Force’s crown jewels in space: the highly protected communication satellites known as the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites and the missile-warning satellites in the Space Based Infrared System constellation.

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