Russia will continue to cooperate on board the International Space Station (ISS) until 2024, confirmed the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. The statement comes a month after Rogozin announced that Russia would no longer cooperate with its international partners in the management of the ISS in retaliation for Western sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine.
In an interview with Television Rossia 24, Rogozin said the space station will operate “exactly as long as” Russia wants it to, although he stressed that the orbital outpost operates well beyond its lifespan. “We have a government decision that we work until 2024,” Roscosmos director general said.
Roscosmos details Russia’s own orbital station
In addition to confirming the timeline for Russia’s cooperation aboard the ISS, Rogozin revealed that Roscosmos has made a decision on the orbital inclination and architecture of the Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS). He said that Roscosmos, together with the Academy of Sciences, had already reviewed the “main architectural outlines” on ROSS for information on the installation of the station. “In principle, we understand what it will be and the procedure for launching the main modules into orbit. Our minds are already living in this future,” Rogozin said according to the Russian news agency. TASS.
In particular, the Russians plan to install ROSS in two potential orbits. The first is the same orbit where the International Space Station is currently installed, about 400 kilometers above the Earth, or in a higher orbit. If it is the first, the current Russian segment will separate from the ISS to join the ROSS module, TASS reported. Rogozin previously revealed that the new station would operate autonomously and support long-term astronaut expeditions.
The new Russian space station is being developed by the Khrunichev Center, owned by Roscosmos, in collaboration with Energia Space Rocket Corporation. The latter was responsible for developing the first basic module of the station, which is scheduled to be launched in 2025. It should also be noted that Roscosmos would contribute to the development of another space station, the one planned around the Moon by China. This was decided under an agreement signed between the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, and the head of the National Space Administration of China (CNSA), Zhang Kejian.