Russia says it will abandon ISS in 2024, build its own space station

SpaceWar.com reports: “The new head of Russia’s space agency announced on Tuesday that Moscow will abandon the International Space Station in about two years when it completes its obligations — ending a 23-year collaboration with U.S., European and other partners.

Yury Borisov, the newly installed chief of Roscosmos, made the remarks during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and described the space program as the country’s main ‘priority.’

After 2024, Borisov said that Russia would build its own space station, estimated to cost about $6 billion.

‘Of course, we will fulfill all our obligations to our partners, but the decision to leave this station after 2024 has been made,’ Borisov said according to The Moscow Times.

‘I think that by that time we will start putting together a Russian orbital station.’..”

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