TL:DR Руководителя ракетной компании выгнали, когда тот расслабился со студентами и резанул им правду-матку: что Маккейн потребовал запретить ввоз ракетных двигателей из РФ по наущению Элона нашего Маска, который его давно прикормил. И еще несколько вашингтонских секретов выдал.
That fight over the Russian rocket engine has also played out in the halls of Congress. Arizona Senator John McCain, a major critic of Russia, has been a leading proponent of blocking sales of the engines. Tobey suggested that this was really about McCain’s relationship with Elon Musk.
“[He] basically doesn’t like us,” he says on the recording. “He’s like this with Elon Musk, and so Elon Musk said, ‘why don’t you guys go after ULA and see if you can get that engine to be outlawed?'”
McCain’s office had no comment. But Tobey went further and let the students in on the open secret of traditional aerospace, which is that it protects government funding streams by placing investments strategically.
“We have this friend—I told you about that big factory down in Alabama, Decatur—this is Senator Richard Shelby from Alabama,” Tobey said.
Shelby has been a loyal supporter of ULA, and has attempted to shoehorn in money to buy the RD-180 engines from Russia, against the wishes of McCain and the rest of the Armed Services Committee.