“If, in 2030, we can put it into orbit in line with our plans, it will be a colossal breakthrough,” quoted Interfax news agency Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin. “The will is there to take a new step in world-manned space research.”
Russian cosmonauts have been working with colleagues from the United States and 16 other countries on the ISS since 1998 – one of the closest areas of cooperation between Moscow and Washington, whose relations are currently in deep crisis over human rights, cyber attacks and a number of other issues.
Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian television over the weekend that Moscow would announce to its partners that it would leave the 2025 ISS project.
Rogozin said that the Russian station, unlike the ISS, would probably not be permanently manned because its orbit would expose it to higher radiation.
But cosmonauts would visit it, and it would also use artificial intelligence and robots.
He said Russia was ready to consider letting foreign crews visit, “but the station must be national … if you want it good, do it yourself.”
Interfax quoted an unnamed source as saying that Russia planned to spend up to $ 6 billion to get the project launched.