Federal Space Agency announced its initial plans postroitelstvu new orbital space station in cooperation with the US space agency. This outpost will replace the International Space Station (ISS), the exploitation of which will last until 2024.
Roscosmos and NASA recently signed an agreement on operational and financial support of the ISS until 2024. However, future joint space projects remained in doubt: the relationship between Russia and the United States deteriorated almost to the point of the Cold War because of the Ukrainian conflict.
“Roscosmos together with NASA will work on the program for future space station, – quotes” Interfax “the head of Roscosmos Russian Igor Komarov. – We will think and discuss joint projects. And it will be an open source project. It will be include not only current members of the ISS. It will have an open character dlyalyuboy country that wants to join it. ”
Komarov made the announcement during a joint press conference with the head of NASA, Charles Bolden (Charles Bolden) in the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Earlier, Roskosmos has threatened to leave the work to the ISS in 2020, but now it is clear that the decision on whether already refused. The head of the Russian Space Agency and NASA did not rule out that the operation of the ISS can be extended further agreed deadlines. Recall that Russia also reported about his plans to build its own space station after 2024, probably using their ISS modules left after its conservation.
“We have agreed that the group of countries participating in the ISS project and will work on future projects of the new space station – continued Komarov. – 2024 ISS will work, and in the future period of its existence will depend from the sale of our joint projects. ”
“In the end, one day will no longer accept the ISS manned crews simply due to excessive wear and tear, – says Bolden. – As the ISS resources are not infinite, we have long been discussing what to do next. Obviously, it is necessary to make the best possible use of the resources of the future station: we offer to give more freedom to private companies so that they can create a competitive business in this industry. ”
Also, Bolden said he hoped for cooperation between the two space powers in the preparation and implementation of future Mars missions.
However, is difficult to determine the joint space exploration is too early in the negotiations. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees cosmic sphere, said that the Russian government must izuchitrezultaty negotiations between Roscosmos and NASA, to decide.
Recall that on March 27 spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-16M” with Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts was successfully launched to the ISS.
Two new members of the crew astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will stay aboard the station for a year to study the physical effects of long-duration space missions.