The Russian space agency Roskosmos is negotiating with Moscow to continue its participation in the operation of the International Space Station beyond 2024.
This was stated on Monday by the head of the Russian space program for manned flights, Sergei Krikalyov.
“(Roskosmos) has started negotiations with our government to extend our participation in the ISS program and we hope to receive permission to continue next year,” Krikaľov told reporters.
After the deterioration of relations between Russia and Western countries, which occurred as a result of the war in Ukraine, the head of Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, announced that Russia will leave the ISS “after 2024” and build its own orbital station. However, he did not specify an exact date for this plan.
Krikaľov admitted on Monday that building his own space station will not be that fast, so, he noted, “we will continue to fly (to the ISS) until we have some new infrastructure.”
Krikaľov said this in English at a press conference of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) related to Wednesday’s launch of the SpaceX rocket, which will carry one Russian cosmonaut and two American and one Japanese astronaut to the ISS.
The countries participating in the operation of the ISS, the United States, Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan, have so far pledged to operate the orbital station until 2024. However, the US has already announced that it wants to work on the program until 2030.
Space is one of the few areas of cooperation that has remained between Russia and Western countries after its military invaded Ukraine in February.
Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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