Russia to build space station, saying ISS becoming obsolete

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Russia plans to build a new space station because the current International Space Station will last only another decade at most, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Monday.

“It’s still unclear whether the new station will be international or national,’’ Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said in comments carried by the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Rogozin said that the International Space Station (ISS) would be operable for another seven to 10 years.

The ISS, with segments built by Russia and the U.S., has been in continuous use for the past two decades.

The orbiting laboratory has been a collaboration of mostly U.S. and Russian crew members, tasked with conducting scientific research that would be impossible on Earth’s surface.

It is a unique source of cooperation between these two rival powers.

Rogozin did not provide a timeline for the construction of Russia’s new space station.

He said the issue of whether it would host international crews would be decided in the near future.

“The technical preparations are supposed to start now,’’ Rogozin said.


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