“We saw the statement of Russia. This is a development that is unfortunate given the critical science work being done on the ISS, the valuable professional collaboration that our space agencies have had,” Price said.
The State Department also stressed that such a decision by official Moscow came as a surprise to Washington. Price added that he was not aware of the negotiations between Russia and the United States on this issue.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also said that they had not received official notification from Russia about its plans for the ISS. NASA ISS Program Manager Robin Gateens said that Russia, like the United States, is studying “what’s next, and what will happen after the ISS program.
The decision of Moscow to withdraw from the ISS project after 2024 was announced this Tuesday by the head of Roskosmos, Yuri Borisov. He noted that the main priorities of the state corporation will be the creation of a Russian orbital station, scientific space and deep space. The head of Roscosmos also spoke about plans to begin the formation of the Russian orbital service station (ROSS).
Vladimir Solovyov, General Designer of Energia Rocket and Space Corporation (RKK), said on the same day that the construction of the station, which will replace the ISS, is scheduled to begin no earlier than 2028. Her approximate appearance is already known. Solovyov admitted that the first crew would be able to go to the new orbital station as early as 2028, since a manned flight to the ROSS would become possible at the first stage of its deployment in orbit.