The first reaction of NASA after the withdrawal of Russia from the ISS

28/07/2022
Credit image: NASA
Credit image: NASA

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 28 July 2022, at 10:36 am Los Angeles time

NASA has not yet received an "official" notification regarding Russia's intention to leave the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024, an important official of the American space agency said on Tuesday, reports AFP. 

"We have not received any official statement from our partner regarding today's information," said Robyn Gates, director of NASA's ISS division, at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday. "So we will continue to discuss their plans," she added. 

The United States wants to extend the operation of the ISS until 2030, but the new head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced on Tuesday that Russia will stop participating in the program "after 2024". 

Asked if the United States wanted the Russians to withdraw from the ISS, Robyn Gatens said: "No, absolutely not. They have been good partners, as have all of our partners, and we want to continue together as a partnership to operate the space station in this decade". The International Space Station is the result of international collaboration and NASA has repeatedly stated that the ISS could not function without the contributions of various partners. 

From 2030, NASA is counting on a transition to commercial space stations, in whose development it already participates, wanting to rent their services once the ISS is decommissioned. 

"The Russians, like us, are thinking about what's next for them," Robyn Gatens said. "Just as we are planning a transition after 2030 to commercial low-orbit stations, they have a similar project. So they are thinking about this transition as well," she said. 

Yuri Borisov, the head of Roscosmos, said on Tuesday that Russia intends to create a "Russian orbital station", which will be the "main priority" of the Russian national space program.

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