MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia should consider reviewing the terms of its participation in the International Space Station, Russia’s space industry chief said on Thursday, as it wants to focus on forming its own orbital post after 2024.
“We need to review the conditions for further participation in the program (ISS) and focus on the implementation of programs of orbital stations,” said Vladimir Solovyov, deputy head of the Energy Rocket and Space Corporation, quoted by the Internet portal Scientific Russia .
The state-owned company controls the Russian segment of the ISS, launched in 1989 by Russian and US state space agencies.
Solovyov, who spoke at a meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences with a focus on space, did not say whether Russia should leave the ISS before 2024.
He said much of the ISS’s equipment was aging and needed to be replaced. He said that after 2025 there will be an “avalanche” of broken equipment.
The ISS is used to explore space and the Earth by 14 countries, including Japan, Canada and members of the European Space Agency. International agreements for its use are valid until 2024.
Report by Gleb Stolyarov; Additional reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Edited by Timothy Heritage