The operation of the International Space Station (ISS), from an engineering point of view, can be maintained until at least 2028. Such a statement on Saturday, July 31, was shared by the spokesman for the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Stephanie Schirholz.
Thus, she commented on the message of Roscosmos, made following the meeting of the Presidium of the Scientific and Technical Council, in which it was noted that against the background of aging of a significant part of the ISS equipment, further operation of the Russian segment at the station after 2024 creates additional risks. The conclusion of the Presidium, among other things, contained an initiative to create its own Russian orbital service station.
“NASA expects to be able to keep the station running beyond this period of time – at least until 2028, and very likely longer. We continue to update our technical analysis of the service life of the space station “, – quotes the representative of the US department TASS…
Schirholz pointed out that NASA’s goal is to have a “continuous presence” in low-Earth orbit as part of the ability to move to another platform on which to continue working.
The day before, on July 30, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the state corporation had reduced the preparation time for conducting experiments on the ISS to one and a half years. Rogozin noted that the process of preparing for the experiments was revised and now it takes one and a half, maximum two years to set up an experiment.
He also noted that the launch of the next Russian module to the ISS is scheduled for November 24. This will be the Prichal nodal module, which will expand the possibilities of docking with the station of Russian spacecraft, including the new Orel spacecraft, designed for flights to the moon.
On July 29, a multifunctional laboratory module “Science”, intended for the implementation of the Russian program of scientific and applied research and experiments, docked to the ISS. It was created to expand the functionality of the Russian segment of the ISS and became the first Russian module sent to the ISS in 11 years.