20 Apr 2021 10:55

Russia starts building first module of new orbital station - Rogozin

MOSCOW. April 20 (Interfax) - The first module of Russia's new orbital station will be ready by 2025, and its construction has already begun, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said.

"The first basic module of Russia's new orbital service station is already being worked on. The Energia Rocket and Space Corporation has been tasked with preparing it for launch to the final orbit in 2025," Rogozin said on Telegram.

A video posted by Rogozin indicates that this is a science and power module. The Roscosmos head said in November 2020 that the module's deployment "might begin the construction of a new station." It was reported earlier that the module would be ready in 2024.

Russia has decided to build an orbital station of its own and is considering the withdrawal from the International Space Station project due to the deteriorating technical condition of the station's Russian segment.