Russia is ready to start building its own space station with the goal of launching it into orbit by 2030 if President Vladimir Putin gives his approval, the head of his space agency Roscosmos said Wednesday.
The project would mark a new chapter for space exploration in Russian and end more than two decades of close cooperation with the United States aboard the aging International Space Station (ISS).
“If in 2030, in accordance with our plans, we can put it into orbit, it will be a breakthrough,” quoted Interfax news agency Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos. “The will is there to take a new step in exploring the space with the world’s staff.”
Russian cosmonauts have worked with counterparts from the United States and 16 other countries regarding the ISS since 1998 – one of the closest areas of cooperation between Moscow and Washington, whose ties are currently in a deep-seated rights crisis human, cyberattacks and a range of other issues. .
Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian television at the weekend that Moscow would warn its partners that it would leave the ISS project from 2025.
Rogozin said that a Russian station, unlike the ISS, would most likely not be permanently crewed because its orbital path would expose it to higher radiation.
But cosmonauts would visit him and he would also use artificial intelligence and robots.
He said Russia is willing to consider allowing foreign crews to visit, “but the station has to be national … If you want to do well, do it yourself.”
Interfax quoted an anonymous source as saying that Russia plans to spend up to $ 6 billion to get the project launched.
This story was published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.