Russia may exit joint lunar space station project with US

By |2018-09-24T02:22:01+00:00September 24th, 2018|

Moscow may abandon a project to build a space station in lunar orbit in partnership with NASA because it does not want a “2nd-tier role,” said the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin.

“I believe that Russia can’t afford itself to participate in other countries’ project on second-tier roles,” Rogozin said when asked about the Deep Space Gateway project during a meeting with young space engineers.

He noted that Russia was working to develop heavy-lift rockets that would allow it to build its own orbital platform near the moon, possibly in cooperation with some BRICS countries — a grouping that includes Brazil, China, India and South Africa along with Russia.

Russia agreed last year to work with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on plans for the moon-orbiting Deep Space Gateway, which will serve as a staging post for future missions.