Russia will officially withdraw from the International Space Station ISS after 2024

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2022-07-28 13:40:54

On July 26, Russia said it would withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024, ending decades of cooperation with the US and other countries in the field of space travel.

The announcement was made by the head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Yuri Borisov, after discussions with President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported.

“Of course, we will fulfill all our obligations to our partners, but the decision to leave the station after 2024 has been made,” he said. Yuri Borisov said.

The agency has hinted that it may withdraw from the ISS as early as this year, as relations between Russia and the West have been fractured following the crisis in Ukraine. And the decision made yesterday, according to Borisov, is final.

Russia will focus its efforts on building its own space station, which it wants to start building by 2024, Borisov added.

There are currently two manned space stations orbiting the earth: ISS and Tiangong (Tiangong) – China’s space station is nearing completion.

The future of the ISS will be more uncertain after 2024.

According to reporter Joey Roulette of Reuters, Despite the announcement, Roscosmos has not yet sent an official notice to NASA of its intention to withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024, according to a senior NASA official.

The ISS is 24 years old and nearing its end of life, but NASA previously said it could continue operating until 2030.

Borisov, formerly Russia’s deputy prime minister, began leading Roscosmos on July 15, replacing his predecessor, Dmitry Rogozin.

Although Russia has considered withdrawing from the ISS for years, tensions between NASA and Roscosmos are growing because of the crisis in Ukraine. Former Roscosmos general manager Dmitry Rogozin predicted in April that Russia would withdraw from the ISS, but hinted that this decision could change if Western sanctions on Russia were lifted. NASA also released a rare statement condemning the use of the ISS for “political purposes”.

Russia will officially withdraw from the International Space Station ISS after 2024 - Photo 2.

China’s Tiangong space station is still under construction.

How Russia’s decision will affect the future of the ISS after 2024 is an open question. Russia plans to develop its own Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS), but what will happen to the Russian modules attached to the ISS remains uncertain. They can be left in place and decommissioned, control can be transferred to other ISS partners, or they can even be detached to mount on a new Russian space station, or simply is to be thrown back into the Earth’s atmosphere and then burn up.

Another problem is the existence of the ISS itself. Currently, space labs on the ISS are relying on propulsion from Russia’s Progress transporters to get them into orbit. Without this, the ISS would have to depend on Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo ships and similar spacecraft to make the necessary orbital corrections, although this capability is still in the early stages of development. test segment.

And the move will also affect things like crew rotation, the process of sending astronauts to the station, maintenance and science projects.

Refer New Atlas, BI

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