“A very important program that will now be financed will be the ROSS program – this is the creation of a Russian orbital service station. We very much hope that funding will also go to it,” Sergeev said. He expressed the hope that this program will be implemented soon after 2025.
According to TASS, the question of the expediency of continuing Russia’s participation in the ISS project was discussed at a meeting on space with Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 12. This was announced on Tuesday by the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov. “Indeed, it was said at the meeting that the ISS and our domestic segment are not eternal. The design gets tired over time, sooner or later it will be necessary to make a final decision. Sands.
In January 2021, the RAS Space Council recommended to revise the ISS flight dates due to the inevitable increase in expenses for maintaining its operation and to start developing the ROSS. In February, Roskosmos mentioned in its documents published on the government procurement website the possibility of creating a Russian orbital station.
Back in October last year, the Deputy General Designer of RSC Energia Vladimir Soloviev at the “Days of Space Science” said that the Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS) will consist of five modules: base, target production, logistics module, platform module for assembly , launching, receiving and servicing spacecraft, a commercial module that can accommodate four tourists. It is planned to install two large windows in the tourist module. In addition, there will be access to Wi-Fi.
Interestingly, the configuration of the new station will be similar to the legendary Mir station, which operated in orbit for 15 years and was flooded in 2001. As they say, all the modules for ROSS can be launched into orbit using the Angara-A5 launch vehicles. These modules are planned to be created on the basis of the ISS scientific and power module. It is assumed that a production module-laboratory will be regularly docked to the new station.
Earlier, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin expressed the opinion that Russia should begin to create a new orbital station. “Russia, as a country that has always been a leader in the creation of orbital stations, must immediately begin work on the creation of a new orbital station,” he said. According to him, it is not yet clear what it will be, international or national, visited or inhabited. But technical training should start now. Why is clear. As a reminder, back in May 2017, Dmitry Rogozin, then Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, instructed Roscosmos to work out the issue of creating an alternative to the ISS.
The project to create an independent Russian space station has not been approved, the parameters of its financing have not been determined either, an informed source told Interfax. He noted that the project can be included in a large complex program in the field of space, but its parameters must go through the approval processes. “It’s too early to talk about the imminent start of work,” the source said.
On April 5, Vladimir Soloviev, Flight Director of the ISS Russian Segment, announced that the life of the ISS could be extended until the 2030s. “Next, we plan to think about the completion of the ISS, although until 2030, maybe a little more, we plan to carry out its operation with a smooth completion of the program,” Solovyov said.
The service life of the ISS expires in 2024. Earlier, it was repeatedly reported about a possible extension of the station’s operation until 2030. On March 4, Yuri Gidzenko, deputy head of the Energia’s spacecraft and launch vehicle flight center, said that a decision had been made “at the upper levels” to extend the station’s operation until 2028.
Meanwhile, in his opening speech at the meeting of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Sergeev outlined the importance of international cooperation in space: “Space has demonstrated that cooperation of great powers in space leads to a significant relaxation of the complex geopolitical situation. Therefore, of course, international cooperation in space is by no means possible stop. On the contrary, it must be expanded. “