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California lawmakers criticize Pentagon's purchase of Russian rockets
California lawmakers criticize Pentagon's purchase of Russian rockets

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members from California has jumped into a high-stakes battle over the Pentagon’s use of Russian-made rocket engines to launch satellites. It’s an effort that already involves Hawthorne-based SpaceX Inc. and Aerojet Rocketdyne, which once built engines for the space shuttle in Canoga Park. The two companies want to win much more of the lucrative business of launching military satellites -- work that now goes almost exclusively to a joint venture that depends on importing Russian rocket engines. In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, 32 members of California’s congressional delegation called on the Pentagon to stop relying on...

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