Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) project in 2025 due to technical problems noted during a recent inspection.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said during an interview that the timeframe of the station’s operations has expired and its condition is deteriorating.
“Lately, reports about technical malfunctions have been coming more often. In order to avoid any risks in case of accidents, it’s necessary to carry out a technical inspection of the station. After this, a decision should be made. And they [partners] should be fairly notified about the withdrawal from the ISS since 2025,” said Borisov.
The ISS was a cooperative project between the US and Russia and has been used for 20 years.
The ISS is expected to be retired around 2030 while the Russian Roscosmos agency has only agreed to cooperate until 2024.
There are no official announcements yet on how the station would be decommissioned and what would take its place.
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