MOSCOW — Russia will now equip its remaining time on the ISS to demonstrate that it is ready to move on with its own orbital station. The country has chosen when it will leave the International Space Station (ISS) and will give its partners a year’s notice, according to Roscosmos chairman Dmitry Rogozin.
The head of the space agency told the Rossiya-24 TV channel that while a deadline has been set, the authorities “are not obligated to speak about it publicly.”
Rogozin previously stated that Western sanctions implemented in response to Russia’s military incursion in Ukraine are hindering Roscosmos from conducting “business as usual” on the International Space Station. He further stated that if he had the ability, he would have already secured collaboration.
In the interview, he stated that the government and the president define the terms of Russia’s involvement on the ISS, and that the agency is now allowed to operate on the station until 2024.
“I can only say one thing: in accordance with our obligations, we will warn our partners a year in advance about the end of work on the ISS,” he said.
Rogozin also explained that during its remaining time on the ISS, Russia “will demonstrate its readiness to deploy the Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS).” He said the ROSS will be multifunctional and that development plans are already underway.
“When it is presented… we will begin to create this ‘smart hardware’ and prepare its launch into space, the deployment of the station,” Rogozin said.
The move could force Russia to make ROSS “militarily applicable”. It will mean, according to Rogozin, that “there will be no one” on ROSS besides the Russian cosmonauts, who will “service the target equipment installed at this station.”
Since Russia launched its military offensive in Ukraine in late February, many countries have imposed sweeping sanctions on Moscow, targeting its banks, finances, and the import of sensitive technology, among other things.