Roscosmos: Russia could build own orbital station following ISS

Russia is technically prepared for building its own orbital station and will build it if it fails to reach an agreement with other countries on building a new international space station (ISS), Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) head Vladimir Popovkin said.

"We are developing several new modules for the ISS, and they are being developed in a way that they could be used as basic blocks for a future generation of manned stations. If we fail to find new lines of international cooperation, these modules could be used autonomously, as a Russian station," Popovkin told Interfax-AVN at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012.

The countries currently operating the ISS have set up a working group at Russia's recommendation to determine the station's future and decide when it should be decommissioned, he said.

The partners are considering "ideas of creating small stations for particular missions in a near-Earth orbit and international stations in equilibrium points between the Moon and the Earth or over the far side of the Moon," Popovkin said.

It was reported earlier that the ISS operating countries planned to extend its operation until 2020, after which it could be de-orbited and sunk into an ocean.

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