- Sep 21, 2013
Ars Technica Russia: We’re not leaving the Space Station until our own is ready
At this point who knows what will actually happen. But it seems highly unlikely that Russia will be able to build and launch a functional space station in 5-6 years, if ever. It took them about 20 years to build and launch the Nauka module, which then seriously malfunctioned right after it docked.Reuters is reporting that a senior NASA official has indicated that Russia will continue to operate its portion of the ISS until it has its own station in orbit, something that's currently targeted for 2028. Earlier statements from Russian officials indicated that construction of that station would be started in 2024 but had not provided a completion date. On Wednesday, Roscosmos also posted a video indicating that completion would come in 2028, and the agency would "need to continue operating the ISS" until that date.