Sunday, March 29, 2015

NASA and Roscosmos Agree to Build New Space Station


Russia’s space agency Roscosmos and its US counterpart NASA have agreed to build a new space station to replace the current International Space Station (ISS) when its life cycle expires. The operation of the ISS was prolonged until 2024. "We have agreed that Roscosmos and NASA will be working together on the program of a future space station," Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov told a news conference on Saturday. The talks were held at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The two agencies will be unifying their standards and systems of manned space programs, according to Komarov. “This is very important to future missions and stations.”

The ISS life cycle was to expire in 2020. “Under the ISS program the door will be open to other participants,” Komarov told reporters.

The International Space Station, launched in 1998, consists of different modules. The station brings together the space agencies of Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan, as well as the European Space Agency.

NASA announced extension of cooperation with its International Space Station partners, including Russia, for another nine years in February. The US-Russia cooperation on the ISS continues despite the fact that NASA halted the majority of its joint activities with Russia over the Ukraine crisis in April 2014.

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