Russia announces that it is withdrawing and wants to build its own

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Russia has announced that it will withdraw from the International Space Station as of 2024. This has been explained Yuri Borisov, new director of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. The conflict between Russia and the Western world will result in the termination of this space cooperation.


Russia will once again go it alone in the space race. The International Space Station is a project in which NASA (United States), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), ASC (Canada) and Roscosmos (Russia) collaborate, but the latter has decided that it will no longer be a part. As Borisov describes, “of course, we will fulfill all our obligations to our partners, but the decision to leave this station after 2024 has been made.”

For the time being, communication has only been made through Russian spokespersons. According to NASA sources explain to Reuters, Russia has not yet officially communicated that it wants to abandon the project. The International Space Station was one of the last great projects where the United States and Russia were still collaborating. A collaboration that was intended to last until 2030. However, from 2024 the relationship between the two powers will once again remind us of the times of the Cold War.

The current mission continues, but without Russia it will be difficult. According to described astronaut Kjell Lindgren after learning of Russia’s intentions: “They trained us to do a mission here, and that mission requires the entire crew.” The Russian agency Roscosmos and NASA have been two of the great allies to maintain the International Space Station, since 1998. While the Americans are in charge of generating energy, the Russian astronauts are in charge of periodic maintenance.

Contracts for the space station require at least a year’s notice. Russia explains that it will withdraw after 2024, although the date is not clear yet.

A new space race has begun and everyone has the same goal: mining on the Moon

Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS). According to Russian news agency TASS, Russia plans to build its own orbital station, which would be called ROSS. There are not many more details of this strategy, beyond the fact that it seems difficult that they can build one and have it ready by 2024.

“I think that by this time we will begin to build a Russian orbital station,” Borisov explained, adding that this will be his priority. According to the top leader of Roscosmos, the space industry is in a “difficult situation” and this will force Russia to “raise the bar and provide the Russian economy with the necessary space services.” According to explain from Russiathe response from Russian President Vladimir Putin has been positive.

Russia sides with China. If someone was missing from the International Space Station, it was the Chinese agency. The reason is the veto of the United States. Faced with this, from China they are building their own space station. And they are about to finish it.

As explained from China, its Tiangong space station will be open to foreign astronauts. Russia plans to build its own, but it cannot be ruled out that the space alliance between Russia and China will be strengthened from now on.

Russia has announced that it will withdraw from the International Space Station as of 2024. This has been explained Yuri…

Russia has announced that it will withdraw from the International Space Station as of 2024. This has been explained Yuri…

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