Yury Borisov (Director General of the Russian space agency), was recently appointed to this position. He stated that the Russian government had decided to stop working on the International Space Station (ISS) and instead concentrate on its orbital station.
Roscosmos Director General Yury Borisov said that Russia will continue to fulfill all its obligations to its international partners but the decision was made to withdraw from the station by 2024.
Putin had earlier in the month named Borisov as part of a restructuring process of Russia’s space agency. He said that Russia would “begin” to build the Russian Orbital station (ROSS) in times of high tension between Russia, Russia, and the West. Putin was assured by him that the Russian orbital station would always be his first priority.
NASA, the US space agency, later stated that Russia has not yet received official communication from it about its reported intention to withdraw from the ISS. Robyn Gatens, NASA’s director of the ISS, stated that she hasn’t received any information from Russia about the reported intention to withdraw. Responding to reporters asking her if she would love to see the US-Russian relationship in space end, she said yes.
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Elizabeth Pearson, a journalist working in space, said that Russia’s announcement has created uncertainty about the future of the ISS. Russia has signed up for the ISS until the end of 2024…
“It was initially hoped that the ISS would continue for six years more, but NASA has plans to decommission it in 2030,” Pearson told Al Jazeera in Bristol (southwest England). She also stated that Russia has not extended its participation.
Now there are many questions about its future. Borisov spoke to the International Space Station (ISS) after Roscosmos made a historic announcement about its agreement regarding integrated flights and crews with NASA earlier in the month. This was the first instance of cooperation between Washington, and Moscow in recent years.
Officials from Russia and NASA said that the agreement ensures that at most one American and one Russian will be present at the orbiting outpost to maintain good relations between the two countries. Roscosmos, NASA, and other countries have long desired to continue integrated crewed flights as part of their cooperation. They are the primary collaborators in NASA’s two-decade-old space station mission.
NASA announced that the first integrated flight under this agreement will take place in September. Frank Rubio, an American astronaut, will lead the first integrated flights. He will launch from Moscow’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, to the space station as Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin, the cosmonauts.
Anna Kikina will be joined by two astronauts from the United States, and one Japanese astronaut, on the SpaceX Crew Dragon flight towards the orbital laboratory. NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, Florida was the location for the launch.
Since 1998, the ISS has been continuously occupied. The space station allows astronauts to conduct a variety of research projects at 400 km (250 mi) above Earth.
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