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Russia will decide to withdraw from the ISS project after examining the station

Russia will conduct a technical survey of the ISS and decide to withdraw from the project from 2025, and will warn foreign partners about this. TASS writes about this with reference to the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov. As reported there, recently more and more information about technical malfunctions has been received. To avoid any risks in case of emergencies, it is necessary to conduct a technical survey of the station. And based on the results, make a decision and honestly warn partners.

The expediency of continuing Russia’s participation in the ISS project was discussed at a meeting on space with Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 12. This was announced earlier to journalists by the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.

“Indeed, it was said at the meeting that the ISS and our domestic segment are not eternal. The design gets tired over time, sooner or later it will be necessary to make a final decision. The expediency of continuing this work, the study of this issue was really emphasized during the meeting,” said Peskov …

The decision to continue the operation of the International Space Station by Russia will be made after 2024 based on its technical condition and plans to deploy a national orbital station, was confirmed in Roscosmos.

“We have agreed with our ISS partners the term of operation at the station – 2024. After this period, the decision will be made based on the technical condition of the station modules, which have mostly expired their service life, as well as our plans to deploy a national orbital service station “, – noted in the state corporation.

As the Roscosmos stressed, when a decision on these issues is made, then negotiations with partners on the conditions and forms of interaction after 2024 will begin.

The fact that after 2025 a Russian orbital service station will be created was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the speech of the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Sergeev, at a meeting of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“A very important program that will now be financed will be the ROSS program – this is the creation of a Russian orbital service station. We very much hope that funding will also go to it,” Sergeev said. He expressed the hope that this program will be implemented soon after 2025.

In January 2021, the RAS Space Council recommended in its decision to revise the terms of the ISS flight program and start developing a new concept for the development of Russian manned space exploration, “including the creation of a national manned infrastructure in near-earth orbit.”

This decision was made after the report of the Deputy Director General of RSC Energia Vladimir Solovyov, who said that the corporation’s specialists predict “an avalanche-like failure of numerous elements on board the ISS” after 2025. According to him, due to the increased costs, experts consider it necessary “to revise the terms of further participation in the program and focus on the implementation of programs for orbital stations.”

In February, Roscosmos mentioned in its documents published on the government procurement website the possibility of creating a Russian orbital station.

Back in October last year, Vladimir Soloviev at the “Days of Space Science” said that the Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS) will consist of the following modules: base, target production, logistics module, platform module for assembling, launching, receiving and servicing space devices, a commercial module that can accommodate four tourists.

All ROSS modules can be launched into orbit using Angara-A5 launch vehicles. These modules are planned to be created on the basis of the ISS scientific and power module. It is assumed that a production module-laboratory will be regularly docked to the new station.

Natalia Yachmennikova



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