WASHINGTON, DC, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), today released the following statement in response to United Launch Alliance’s announcement that it plans to develop an American-made rocket engine to replace the Russian-built RD-180:
“United Launch Alliance’s announcement today is great news for the future of Alabama and our nation’s defense and space industries. North Alabama has a long history of serving our country’s needs, from the development of vehicles to take humans to the Moon, to building rockets that deliver today’s science and defense missions. That heritage lives on today with ULA’s launch vehicle work in North Alabama. The partnership announced today for plans to develop an American-made rocket engine to replace the RD-180 will allow the US to expand our capabilities and further reduce our reliance on Russia. ULA has achieved an impressive 100 percent mission success record since its formation, and I look forward to their future success with this new endeavor."