NASA : ” Russians are very good at creating alloys for aerospace” (US)

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Nasa  Chrales Bolden

The Russians are “very, very good at” creating alloys that allow the engine to withstand certain temperatures and pressure. “It’s an extraordinary engine, We don’t know all the techniques of how they blend all those metals to have that kind of thrust,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden blasted Congress last month, writing in a blog post that it is “unacceptable” that the United States relies on Russia to ferry astronauts to the space station. Russia charges about $71 million per seat on the Soyuz. (And you thought a plane ticket was expensive. In the 1990s, the United States started buying Russian-made engines for the Atlas V rocket. The rockets help launch spacecraft and satellites. It seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, relations with Russia were great, and their engines were cheap.

It doesn’t seem that way any more.

Russia has basically cornered the market on the engines and created an alloy mix that the United States does not know how to make, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said at a Senate hearing Wednesday. The Russians are “very, very good at” creating alloys that allow the engine to withstand certain temperatures and pressure. “It’s an extraordinary engine,” Nelson said at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. “We don’t know all the techniques of how they blend all those metals to have that kind of thrust,” he said.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/11/nasa-is-cutting-ties-with-russia-but-its-not-that-simple/

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