Russia will not participate in the creation of the American lunar station
Publisher "Interfax" referring to the general director of "Roscosmos" Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia rejects the joint construction of a lunar orbital station Gateway as "can not afford to participate in the American project on the sidelines." Rogozin also said that Russia is going to create its own space transportation systems.
According to Rogozin, the project of building a lunar orbital station, Russia can carry out with its partners in the BRICS countries.
"Will Russian lunar station on the moon or international - is the subject of negotiations. Perhaps it will be a joint station with our friendly countries - the BRICS countries, "- said Rogozin.
The head of "Roskosmos" also reminded that Russia is going to start unmanned lunar program in 2021.
Space agency NASA plans to build near the Moon inhabited orbital scientific space station The Gateway (formerly project called Deep Space Gateway, as well as the Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway), which in the future will be the starting point for future space missions in deep space, in particular, flights to Mars. The project is very ambitious. It involved more than a dozen countries. In 2017, Russia and the US signed an agreement to work together on a project. According to the adopted agreements, Russia has taken on the task of creating a fundamental part of the future lunar space station - the gateway module. Previously it was assumed that in 2022 will go to the Moon American motor-power module, in 2023 to be joined by an American living module, and the next station will be just the Russian airlock module.
What is interesting, the day before the media reported, citing an unnamed representative of "Roscosmos" that Russia will continue to participate in the construction of the lunar station. Nevertheless, the role of "Roscosmos" nothing has been said in this project.
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