The Russian space agency has revealed in its debut a model of what the future space station built by Russia will appear like, suggesting Moscow is determined to abandon its International Space Station (ISS) to go on its own.
Russia is in the middle of what Kremlin extremists consider to be an historic split with the West caused by sanctions imposed in response to an issue Moscow refers to as the “special operations” in Ukraine and is now rushing to lessen its dependence on Western nations, and to move independently or in conjunction with nations such as China or Iran.
The West has claimed Russia of waging an unprovoked war of imperial-style aggression against Ukraine and the Ukraine, has slapped the Russian economy with sanctions that are designed to deprive Moscow of knowledge, technology and money.
The Russian space agency Roskosmos showed a sketch of the space station that is planned named “ROSS” in the Russian state media on Monday, at “Army-2022” which is a joint military-industrial event in Moscow.
Yuri Borisov, whom President Vladimir Putin appointed last month to be the head of Roskosmos the Russian space agency, has announced that Russia will leave the ISS after 2024 . The country is currently working on developing an orbital station of its own.
The ISS was launched in 1998. ISS is continuously in use since the beginning of November 2000, under the US-Russian-led partnership, which also is comprised of Canada, Japan and 11 European countries.
Nasa that is eager to maintain the ISS running until 2030, has said it hasn’t received confirmation from Russia of its plans to withdraw and previously believed that Moscow will continue to be a participant up to 2028.
Roskosmos has stated in a statement that the space station will be launched in two stages but did not provide dates.
The initial phase will include a four-module space station begin operating. Then, it would be followed by two modules as well as the service platform it added. It would be enough after completion to house at least four astronauts, as well in instruments for research