Roscosmos and NASA have made an arrangement to create a cislunar space station
Roscosmos State Corporation and NASA signed a joint statement on cooperation in the cislunar space station «Deep Space Gateway» creation. Roscosmos announced that Russian life-support system and docking technologies will be used at the station.
The statement was signed at the International Astronautical Congress held in Australia. It is about the creation of the «near-lunar visited platform, unification of standards, missions on the circumlunar orbit and on the lunar surface,» the Roscosmos press service told.
The parties have already agreed the use of Russian docking mechanisms at the station. Also, Russia will probably participate in the accommodation units creation, Igor Komarov, Director General of State Space Corporation Roscosmos told. Roscosmos suggested to use Russian «Proton» and «Angara» launch rockets to deliver cargo and astronauts.
The first modules are planned to be launched into orbit in 2024-2026. The BRICS countries, including China may participate in the project, the Rosсosmos representative explained.
It will be recalled that Roscosmos and the Chinese National Space Administration signed an agreement on the exchange of information and technology in the programs of the moon study in August. China has its own research program. The Chinese agency representatives intend to create a lunar station for ten years.
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