Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin touched on the topic of decommissioning the International Space Station in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta. According to the top manager, it will take more than a year to sink the ISS.
“Why does the technical solution have to involve undocking? If you sink the station, you don’t have to undock it. It will just have to be safely brought together with the help of braking engines. This is not a quick job either. The procedure will take more than a year, as our ballistics specialists and Vladimir Soloviev, general designer of manned cosmonautics, have explained to me. In its time, the controlled rendezvous of the Mir space station was one of the most unique technical operations in the history of world cosmonautics,” Rogozin said.
However, the main thing now, according to the head of Roscosmos, is to decide on the term of Russia’s cooperation on the ISS project with other countries. “Yes, the Americans want until 2030. Before there were talks – until 2028. But, once again, we need to decide the main thing – to continue cooperation on the ISS or to switch to ROSS. [Российская орбитальная служебная станция]. And then we will decide what we will do with our two new ISS modules that we docked last year,” Rogozin said. Recall that in early April, Dmitry Rogozin said that the decision on further Russian participation in the ISS project will be made after Roskosmos “reports its position to the political leadership of the country.
In April 2021, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the state of the ISS left much to be desired, so Russia could focus on creating its own orbital station. The Rocket and Space Corporation Energia was tasked with ensuring that the first module for the new domestic orbital station would be ready in 2025; it would be the science and energy module.