TALLAHASSE, Fla. - The senate armed services committee approved a plan allowing the United States to build its own rocket engines so it doesn’t have to depend on Russia to get into space.
“We put $100 million in the defense bill to develop a state-of-the-art rocket engine to make sure that we have assured access into space,” said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson from Florida.
The military currently uses Russian-made engines for liftoffs.
The plan came after a Russian official threatened to end sales for U.S. military use.
The new engines are included in the next fiscal year's defense budget.
The house armed service committee passed a similar bill earlier this month.