Russia unveils plans for ROSS space station: 6 modules in orbit by 2033

The POT plans to deorbit the International Space StationISS, after closing its life cycle in 2030. Russia He will abandon her a couple of years earlier, in 2028but by then the first module of its future space station will already be in space. Roscosmosthe Russian space agency, has announced the deadlines it has set for the construction and deployment of the modules that will make up the space station. ROSS.

This new station will allow Russia to carry out research and developments that Previously impossible on the International Space Station due to international restrictions and agreements, Reuters reported. For decades, the first module was launched into orbit in 1998, the ISS has been a symbol of international cooperation in space exploration. But in recent years Collaboration with Russia has been affected by several reasons, including the invasion of Ukraine..

Russia announced plans to launch a space station into low-Earth orbit in 2022. It will be called Russian Orbital Service Station, ROSS for its acronym in English. The first module, for science and energy, is scheduled for launch in 2027.Three more modules will be added by 2030, and two more by 2033. Six in total, before a decade. About 19 companies will contribute to the construction of this space station. But this is only part of the project. Russia also needs to develop new manned spacecraft and improve its launch infrastructure.

Roscosmos has stated that this new station ‘will solve problems of scientific and technological development, national economy and national security which are not available on the Russian segment of the ISS due to technological limitations and the terms of international agreements,’ Reuters reports.

Russia has been an important partner of the ISS since its construction began in the 1990s. This collaboration is significant because it is one of the few areas where Russia and the United States still work closely togetherBut since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated significantly. Russia’s initial plan was to abandon the ISS in 2024, but later decided to extend the deadline until 2028.

Among the reasons cited for leaving the ISS is the increase in maintenance needs of its modules. Some Russian modules have been in operation for almost 25 years, exceeding their original 15-year lifespan. In 2022, the Russian space agency declared that Cosmonauts spend more time fixing and repairing aging modules, leaving less time for scientific researchthe primary purpose of the space station.

Last year, the Russian space program failed when its mission Luna-25 to the Moon crashed while landing on the satellite. This landing was important since it was the country’s first lunar mission in more than 47 years. Despite this, Russia is determined to remain a major player in space exploration.

Time will tell if Russia can meet the announced deadlines for ROSS, but it is not the only power building space stations. China It already has its own in operation, currently made up of three modules but which will continue to grow. USAfor its part, wants to fill the void left by the ISS with the help of private businesses. One of them, Vast Spacebased in California, has already announced a schedule for launching its module Haven-1 on a rocket Falcon 9 of SpaceX in 2025.