Russia's space agency has signaled it may well continue maintaining its chunk of the International Space Station to potentially as far out as 2030. Or as early as 2025.
Roscosmos chief Yuri Borisov last month said the motherland was going to pull out of the ISS after 2024 and instead use its own space station.
To allay fears of a certain rapid withdrawal from that date, Vladimir Solovyov, the ISS's Russian flight director, quickly clarified that a fully Russian station isn't likely to be built and ready to use until 2028, and thus his country would ideally continue to participate in the ISS until around then.
"We must take into account that if we stop manned flights [to the ISS] for several years, then it will be very difficult to restore what has been achieved," the director noted.
Now Sergei Krikalev, executive director of human space flight ...
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