Aug 15, 2022 9:01 p.m
The Russian space agency unveiled a mockup of its new orbital station for the first time on Monday, after Moscow announced earlier this year that it plans to leave the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024.
Roskosmos presented the model of the Russian Orbital Station (ROS) during the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2022”. According to the agency, Energia Space Corporation, part of Roskosmos, is currently developing a sketch of the future space station, which will be built in two phases.
The first phase will include four modules — a scientific energy module, a hub, a core module and a gateway, according to Roscosmos. At this stage, the crew will consist of two people. In the second phase, the station will be expanded with two more modules – a target and a production module – as well as a maintenance platform, the agency said. After that, the crew will be increased to four people.
“Among the new features and capabilities of the national station, the developers highlight the huge power potential for targeted tasks, unification of modules, the possibility of interaction with next-generation satellite groups, and various modes of operation,” Roskosmos said.
In late July, Roscosmos chief Yuri Borissov said Russia would withdraw from the ISS after 2024, adding that Moscow intends to honor its commitments to its foreign partners. He pointed out at the time that this decision had nothing to do with geopolitics, including the Ukraine conflict.
Later, Sergey Krikalev, Executive Director for Human Space Programs at Roscosmos, clarified that the timing of the withdrawal depends on the technical condition of the ISS and could be anytime after 2024.
Last year, Vladimir Solovyov, a former Soviet cosmonaut and chief designer at spacecraft manufacturer RSC Energia, said Russia would start building its own space station as early as 2028. The project will build on the Science Power Module 1, which was originally designed for the ISS but is now being repurposed, Solovyov said at the time.
Former Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin predicted that the ISS, which NASA plans to operate until 2030, will “fall apart” by then unless “huge sums of money” are invested in repairs.
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