MOSCOW: Russia has decided to quit the International Space Station “ after 2024 ”, the recently appointed chief of Moscow’s space agency told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
The advertisement comes as pressures rage between the Kremlin and the West over Moscow’s service intervention in Ukraine and several rounds of unknown warrants against Russia. Russia and the United States have worked side by side on the ISS, which has been in route since 1998.
“ Of course, we will fulfil all our scores to our mates, but the decision to leave this station after 2024 has been made, ” Yury Borisov, who was appointed Roscosmos chief inmid-July, told Putin.
“ I suppose that by this time we will start putting together a Russian orbital station, ” Borisov added, calling it the space programme’s main “ precedence ”.
“ Good, ” Putin replied in commentary released by the Kremlin.
Until now space disquisition was one of the many areas where cooperation between Russia and the United States and its abettors hadn’t been wrecked by pressures over Ukraine and away. Borisov said the space assiduity was in a “ delicate situation ”.
He said he’d seek “ to raise the bar, and first of all, to give the Russian frugality with the necessary space services ”, pointing to navigation, communication, and data transmission, among other effects.
transferring the first man into space in 1961 and launching the first satellite four times before are among crucial accomplishments of the Soviet space programme and remain a major source of public pride in Russia.
But experts say the Russian space agency remains a shadow of its former tone and has in recent times suffered a series of lapses including corruption dishonors and the loss of a number of satellites and other spacecraft.
Borisov, a former deputy high minister with a military background, has replaced Dmitry Rogozin, a provocateur nationalist politician known for his fustian statements and eccentric geste.