Russia will cease its participation in the development of the ISS after 2024. Instead, Roscosmos will concentrate its efforts on creating its own space station. This was stated by its new head.
Russia to refuse to participate in the ISS project
The new head of Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, who replaced Dmitry Rogozin in this post less than two weeks ago, said that Russia would cease international cooperation with regard to the ISS. He said this at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to Borisov, this will happen after 2024, but the decision on this has already been made now. According to the head of Roscosmos, this is due to the creation of its own space station, which will be given the main attention. But they promise to fulfill their obligations to their partners in the Russian Federation.
“I believe that the future of Russian manned cosmonautics, first of all, should be based on a balanced and systematic scientific program, so that each flight enriches us with knowledge in the field of space,” he said.
Prospects of Russian space
It is not very clear which particular Russian orbital station Borisov was talking about. Talks about the creation of a national orbital base have been going on in Russia since 2014. Even its unofficial name is known – ROSS. Russian orbital Service Station.
However, even its preliminary design was not completed in eight years. Rogozin this spring gave the order to finish it by the end of this year. However, this will only be a preliminary draft. And there is a huge distance between it and the ready-to-launch module.
The Nauka module, which docking with the ISS last year created a great danger for it, Russia has been building for 25 years. And now its space enterprises are under sanctions because of the war in Ukraine. So, the prospects of launching at least the main module by the end of 2024 look extremely doubtful.
According to www.rosbalt.ru
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