“The talks with NASA on extending the operation of the ISS until 2030 are underway,” Roscosmos CEO was quoted as saying by TASS new company.
Rogozin additionally mentioned that the US and Russia have reached an settlement on the engineering help for the Zarya module till 2024 carried out by Russia.
On December 31, the Joe Biden administration dedicated to extending the ISS operations by 2030.
“The International Space Station is a beacon of peaceful international scientific collaboration and for more than 20 years has returned enormous scientific, educational, and technological developments to benefit humanity,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson had mentioned in a press release.
Astronauts have lived and labored onboard the ISS orbiting roughly 250 miles above the Earth’s floor for greater than 20 years.
“The ISS costs about $3 billion a year, roughly a third of NASA’s annual human space flight budget, and while current plans call for the Station’s retirement in 2024, an extension to 2030 is likely,” the US area company has mentioned in an audit report.
The extension comes as NASA is already planning to transition from the ISS to industrial area stations and different personal platforms in low Earth orbit, CNET reported.
Earlier in December, NASA awarded greater than $400 million to a few corporations — Blue Origin, Nanoracks and Northrop Grumman — to develop designs for area stations and different “commercial destinations” in area. NASA has mentioned the transition away from the ISS will permit it to economize and focus on its Artemis missions to the moon and Mars.