After 20 years of participation in the International Space Station (ISS), Russia has just announced that it is preparing to break ties. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the state space company Roscomos, has just confirmed this.
The latter, however, would like to be reassuring, there is no question that he is leaving this international cooperation overnight: “This does not mean that the station will be scrapped and thrown into the ocean immediately after 2025. We only hand over the responsibility of our segment to the partners. In order to prepare for the future, negotiations have already started.
Russia and China are moving closer together in the space sector
The government has based its decision in part on an “avalanche of failures” on the ISS that would be in the process of advanced aging. “We cannot endanger the lives of cosmonauts,” pleaded Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Borissov.
This new brand is definitely a disruption to intergovernmental cooperation in space exploration. Despite the differences between nations, Russia, the United States, and the countries of the European Union have actually been able to find common ground in recent decades to advance these issues.
For the future, the country led by Vladimir Putin intends to develop its own space station that could be launched into orbit from 2025. It should be placed higher than the ISS and thus serve as an intermediate transfer point for flights to the destination of the EU moon ”, so our colleagues from La Tribune.
Russia and China announced a partnership in March last year to build a station on the surface or in orbit of the moon. No date has been proposed, but the two nations say they are open to other international partners participating. Indeed, this is a confirmation of the rapprochement between the two countries in recent years.