We Are The Future

Russia to withdraw from International Space Station

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Russia to withdraw from International Space Station

Russia has said it will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 to focus on building its own orbital outpost.

Russia to withdraw from International Space Station

Russia to withdraw from International Space Station

Yuri Borisov, who was appointed to lead the state-controlled space corporation Roscosmos earlier this month, said during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin that Russia would fulfil its obligations to other partners before it leaves the project.

Mr Borisov said, "the decision to leave the station after 2024 has been made".

The US, however, says no such move has been communicated to NASA - amid continued tensions between Moscow and the West over the war in Ukraine.

White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday: "The government has not formally notified the United States of their intentions to withdraw from the ISS.

"We're exploring options to mitigate the potential impacts on the ISS beyond 2024 if Russia does withdraw."

In April, Mr Borisov's predecessor, Dmitry Rogozin, said Russia would halt co-operation on the ISS in response to the sanctions imposed on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.

He argued the sanctions were designed "to kill the Russian economy, plunge our people into despair and hunger, and bring our country to its knees" and said normal relations could only be restored with the unconditional lifting of the "illegal" measures.

Despite heightened tensions, NASA and Roscosmos agreed earlier this month for astronauts to continue riding Russian rockets and for cosmonauts to catch lifts to the ISS with SpaceX beginning in autumn.

The agreement will ensure the space station will always have at least one American and one Russian on board to keep both sides of the orbiting outpost running smoothly, NASA and Russian officials said.

Natan Eismont, head scientist at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has spoken of his regret that his country is opting out of the ISS after 2024 and creating a new space complex.

He told Sky News: "The ISS was the most powerful instrument for international cooperation... to say goodbye to this unprecedented instrument, I think it's a pity."

However, he added: "I don't think it's the end of cooperation."

Earlier this year, NASA published plans for the ISS which could see the 444,615kg structure taken out of orbit in January 2031 and crashed into a "spacecraft cemetery".

It said the laboratory would continue operating until 2030, but its long-term future is unsustainable. 

Reference: ky News: Samuel Osborne, news reporter

Articles - Latest

Articles - Most Read

Social Media Links Genius





Ireland's premier breaking news website providing up to the minute news and sports reports. With e-mail news releases following breaking stories throughout the day.

Who's On Line

We have 144 guests and 2 members online

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.


Right Click

No right click