“If we can put it in orbit by 2030 according to our plans, it will be a huge breakthrough,” said Interfax news agency Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos. “The will is there to take a new step in the world spaceflight crew.”
Russian astronauts have been working with counterparts from the United States and 16 other countries on the ISS since 1998 – one of the closest areas of cooperation between Moscow and Washington, whose relations are currently in a serious crisis over human rights, cyberattacks and a variety of other issues.
Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian TV over the weekend that Moscow will notify its partners that they will be leaving the ISS project from 2025.
Rogozin said that the Russian station, unlike the ISS, would probably not be permanently manned because the orbit would expose it to higher radiation.
But astronauts would visit it and it would also use artificial intelligence and robots.
He said Russia was ready to allow foreign crew members to visit, “but the station must be national … if you want to do well, do it yourself.”
Interfax quoted an unnamed source as saying that Russia planned to spend up to $ 6 billion to launch the project.