The Russian Space Agency “Roskosmos” revealed that it can withdraw from the International Space Station in 2025 and launch its own facilities, due to concerns that the International Space Station has become insufficiently reliable. Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian Space Agency, said that work has begun Already in the first unit of a new station, it is expected to enter orbit in early 2025.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, a senior Kremlin official warned that the danger appeared to the International Space Station, threatening the lives of crew members because of its age, and that by 2025 it would be 27 years old, and it was originally designed to last between 15 and 30 years. Years old.
Russia has shared photos and videos of the first unit that will form an essential part of its new high-tech orbital base, which is expected to include a tourist hotel.
The International Space Station consists of 16 units, including four units created and funded by the Russian Space Agency, nine from the United States, two from Japan and one from Europe, and there are talks about additional commercial units to be added to the station in the future, including one. Proposed by current NASA commercial partner Axiom Space.
Roscosmos confirmed that its new space station will consist of five units, including a commercial unit that can accommodate four tourists.
Moscow is also threatening to withdraw from the International Space Station and other forms of Western cooperation, amid heightened tensions over allegations of espionage and piracy.
Roscosmos confirmed that the units will be launched into orbit using the Angara-A5 launch vehicles from Plesetsk or Vostochny cosmodromes.
It is worth noting that the International Space Station was launched in 1998 and includes Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency (ESA), and it is one of the most ambitious international cooperation in human history, and the station has cost an estimated $ 150 billion to launch, and has been extended several times. And it costs about $ 4 billion a year to run.