Dmitry Rogozin, CEO of the state corporation Roscosmos, gave comments on the state of the International Space Station (ISS) and the prospects for its further operation.
On the eve of RSC Energia First Deputy Director General Vladimir Soloviev said that in a few years avalanche-like failures could begin on board the ISS, which is associated with the end of the estimated service life of many components and assemblies. For the same reason, the cost of servicing the orbital complex can rise sharply.
Some mass media have begun to suggest that RSC Energia is proposing to abandon participation in the ISS project after 2025. Later, Mr. Soloviev denied these speculations: “There is no talk of any termination of the International Space Station after 2025, just as there is no talk of the termination of partnerships. A decision on the future fate of the station can only be made at the government level after a detailed study of decisions that will be proposed to the state corporation Roscosmos by the enterprises of the rocket and space industry responsible for the station’s flight, primarily RSC Energia, as well as discussions with partners in the ISS“.
And now Dmitry Rogozin has shared his position on the ISS project. In his opinion, the station has great potential in terms of developing space tourism and the participation of private companies. In addition, Russia is planning to commission three new ISS units.
“Of course, some ISS modules have significantly exceeded their established service life (15 years), and we are monitoring their technical condition. But I think it’s too early to write off the station“, – TASS quotes the words of Mr. Rogozin.
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