Russia now wants to stay on the International Space Station ISS until 2028. Before that, the new Russian space station has to be completed.
ISS: Russia will exit after 2024 and build its own space station
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After the new head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos said a few days ago that Russia wanted to withdraw from the ISS after 2024 (which was already very vaguely formulated anyway), a Roskosmos manager has now announced that the ISS will remain open until 2028 ISS wanted to stay. The reason for the backtracking should be obvious: as long as Russia does not operate its own space station, only the ISS is available for Russian cosmonauts to stay in space for longer periods. So Russia must first build and get its own space station ready before it can withdraw from the ISS. In view of the Western sanctions, however, building your own space station is no easy task.
NASA, on the other hand, says that nothing has changed in the day-to-day cooperation.
Original message: ISS: Russia will get out after 2024 and build its own space station
The new head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, Yuri Borisov, announced the exit from the ISS. After 2024, Russia wants to withdraw from the common space station. The daily news reports.
Borisov announced the exit at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Until then, Russia wants to fulfill all its obligations to the other ISS partners. But Russia wants to build its own space station.
Borisov’s predecessor, Dmitri Rogozin, had speculated some time ago that Russia could decouple its module from the rest of the ISS and operate it independently.
New concept of the promised Russian Space Station, which the head of the Roscosmos press service called ROS (instead of ROSS). The first step includes NEM, a base module, a node module and an airlock module. pic.twitter.com/eERhdCrFKA
— Katya Pavlushchenko (@katlinegrey) July 26, 2022
that Russia actually wants to withdraw from the ISS project soon:
I think the Russians will try to stay as long as they can afford it. Gives Putin needed credibility domestically and internationally. “After 2024,” is more vague, open-ended bluster IMHO. https://t.co/Jf0jpABg1s
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) July 26, 2022
ISS: Cooperation despite sanctions
The ISS is a special case. While the West has imposed a series of sanctions on Russia over the attack on Ukraine, NASA, ESA and other Western space agencies are still working closely with Roscosmos on the ISS. The thrusters of the Russian part of the ISS are needed for course corrections, for example when the ISS has to avoid large debris. On the other hand, the US part of the ISS also supplies the power for the Russian part of the ISS.
The ISS is getting on in years and has repeatedly written negative headlines due to technical problems:
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In any case, after 2030 the end of the ISS should come and it should crash into the Pacific as planned: NASA plans to crash the ISS into the Pacific. In January 2031, after the last crew has left the ISS, it will continue to lower its already reduced altitude around the Earth and finally enter the Earth’s atmosphere over an uninhabited area of the South Pacific (SPOUA), namely over the area around Point Nemo and mostly burn up. The remains of the ISS then fall into the sea. This area is considered a spaceship graveyard.
The ISS is to be succeeded by space stations run by private operators such as Blue Origin, which NASA can use.
The details of the planning of the last years of the ISS can be found in this NASA report.
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