11 Mar 2022 17:40

Roscosmos plans to optimize costs on ISS amid sanctions

MOSCOW. March 11 (Interfax) - Amid the sanctions on the Russian space rocket industry, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos plans to optimize costs on the International Space Station (ISS) project, Roscosmos said.

"Roscosmos plans to optimize costs on the implementation of the International Space Station project," it said.

"To minimize the effect of the anti-Russian sanctions, the Roscosmos space corporation will maintain the manufacturing and designing capability of the Russian space rocket industry enterprises," it said.

The participants in a conference of an operational staff led by Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin on Friday determined new priorities in implementing space projects "in view of the changing world situation and the sanctions imposed on Russia."

"There are plans to attach special significance to developing an automated system warning of dangerous situations in near-earth space, building a Russian orbiting service station, continuing the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, and import-substitution projects," it said.

The priorities also include increasing the number of spacecraft making up the Russian group of remote sensing, communications, and retransmission satellites "to ensure our country's independence from external factors," it said.