Russia's new space station will go online in 2027, Vladimir Putin said.
MoscowThe Roscosmos space agency decided to build its own orbital outpost last year. When he announced his departure from the International Space Station (ISS).
Speaking at the Rocket Corporation in Koroliov, outside Moscow, Mr. Putin said: “As resources ISS runs out, we need not only one segment, but the entire station to be put into operation.
In 2027, the first segment should be placed in orbit.
The ISS It has been a symbol of international diplomacy and cooperation since its launch in 1998, but Russia has said it will withdraw from the project after it is largely cut off from the West. War in Ukraine.
However, he will remain on board until 2028 – longer than originally planned.
Roscosmos chief Yuri Borisov said Russia must build its station quickly or fall behind rivals, including a joint project by the space agencies of the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan.
“The ISS is getting old and will end in 2030,” he said.
“If we do not start large-scale work on the creation of a Russian orbital station in 2024, it is quite likely that we will lose our capabilities due to this time difference.
The ISS is one of two space stations in orbit ChinaTiangong Space Station.
Private firms also want to build their own, however, as the cost of getting into space falls.
Putin is ready to explore space
Mr Putin said Russia also remained committed to the moon landing programme The failure of his Luna-25 earlier this year.
“Mistakes are mistakes – shame on all of us,” he said.
“This is space exploration and everyone understands it. It's an experience we can use in the future.”
Luna-25 was the country's first lunar surface For almost 50 years and aimed to study the South Pole for signs that the moon could support a permanent human base.
But he fell before he could safely touch, It left a crater that was later noticed by NASA scientists.
India succeeding where Russia had failed a few days later, Making history in the process.