The move comes as Moscow and the West clash over the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine The future of global cooperation in space casts new doubt. Russia announced that it was looking to its future Primarily as a joint venture with the Chinese space program More than NASA, its major partner over the last 25 years.
The head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the country would focus on leaving the ISS and building its own space station, state media reported.
“A decision has been made to withdraw from the station after 2024,” newly appointed Roscosmos head Yuri Borisov said, according to the TASS news agency.
Construction of the outpost in low Earth orbit began in 1998 and was completed in 2011. It was hailed as an example of reconciliation between longtime enemies, but now felt the impact of renewed earthly conflict.
That contract for the aging space station expires in 2024. And Russian officials have previously indicated that the contract to work on their own Russian orbital station, which they hope will be operational in 2025, will expire.
On Tuesday, Borisov, who was appointed director of Russia’s space agency this month, confirmed to Putin that he wanted to do just that. Borisov said Russia would fulfill its obligations to its partners before departure, according to Doss.
Roscosmos’ main mission should be to “raise the bar” and provide the country with “necessary space services” such as global navigation, communications and weather data, he said. The aerospace “industry is in a difficult situation,” Doss was quoted as saying.
It has been announced Kremlin invasion of Ukraine It threatens to affect everything from European energy supplies to global food stocks.
Despite the rift, NASA and Roscosmos reached a deal this month to allow Russian astronauts to continue riding Russian rockets and catch elevators to the space station with SpaceX starting this fall, the Associated Press reported.
That agreement ensures that there will always be at least one American and one Russian on the space station to ensure smooth operation on either side of the orbital outpost, the AP said.
NASA and Roscosmos were the two main partners responsible for building and operating the ISS, with the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency involved.
However, tensions between Russia and the West, Ukraine rose by invasionIt has also disrupted space relations.
Three Russian cosmonauts blasted off to the ISS in March. Photos released by Roscosmos this month appeared to show the astronauts holding the flag Luhansk, one of the self-proclaimed republics Russia helped secede from Ukraine in 2014 and claims full control over the current conflict.
Dmitry Rogozin, the former head of Roscosmos, has continued to attack Western sanctions against Russia, saying they could cause the ISS to crash into the United States.
He also celebrated other countries’ flags being covered on Russian-built rockets, drawing a pointed response from retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.
“Without those flags and the leverage they bring, your space program is worthless.” Kelly tweeted to Rogosin in March.