Cosmonaut explains why Russia needs a space station

20.04.2021, Moscow.

The prospective Russian space station will perform the same tasks as the existing International Space Station (ISS), cosmonaut, hero of the USSR and Russia, executive director of Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities in charge of manned space flights Sergei Krikalev said on April 19 to Rossa Primavera News Agency.

“For a station in low earth orbit, the tasks will be approximately the same … Even to fly further somewhere in space, you have to rely on the low earth orbit,” said Krikalev.

According to Krikalev, Roscosmos does not set a mandatory goal to make a new station separately from international partners.

“It’s just clear that one station is being replaced by another. The ISS already has a long enough life span, sooner or later it will cease to exist,” Krikalev noted. “And when it will cease to exist, one of the options is the Russian station.”

As Rossa Primavera News Agency reported earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov said that Russia has decided to refuse to participate in the ISS project and to build its own orbital station. This is possible in 2025.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the intention of Russia to build its own orbital station.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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