RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin may be in for a fresh humiliation as experts believe that Russia may be forced to stay on the International Space Station (ISS).
Last week, the Russian space agency Roscosmos shocked the world by finally making good on its threats and announcing a future withdrawal from the ISS. The space agency head Yuri Borisov noted that after 2024, Russia would fulfil all its obligations towards its partners in space, which includes NASA, and proceed to leave the orbital lab. He also noted that moving forward, Roscosmos would divert its attention towards developing a new Russian Orbital Space Station (ROSS).
Since the West hit Russia with sanctions, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos repeatedly threatened to abandon the ISS, evening suggesting that Russia could cause the 400-tonne station to crash to Earth.
Russian-made modules constitute a critical part of the ISS, as Roscosmos operates six of the 17 modules of the orbital lab– including Zvezda, which houses the main engine system.
Space policy experts previously warned that Moscow has “full control and legal authority” over the modules, without which the station may not function.
However, these threats to abandon the ISS may be empty, according to Wendy Whitman-Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies at Air University.
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RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin has been forced to make an embarrassing U-turn after threatening to end its collaboration in space.
After boldly announcing its intention to abandon NASA and end its involvement in the International Space Station by 2024, officials from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency have been forced to roll back their threat. They informed NASA yesterday that Moscow intends to keep its cosmonauts flying in the orbital lab until their own space outpost is built and operational.
Based on remarks made by senior Russian space officials yesterday, this suggests that Russia will not leave the ISS before 2028, delaying their exit by four years at least.