(ORDO NEWS) — It looks like the International Space Station won’t make it into the new decade.
The life of the ISS may be completed by the end of this decade.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said at the end of 2021 that it expects to extend the life of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2030.
And at the beginning of 2022, the expected date for the flooding of the ISS was announced, which should tentatively take place in January 2031. It seems that the history of the station will end even earlier.
“Due to financial constraints, we cannot simultaneously “pull” the ISS project and the construction of a new station.
Of course, it is necessary to provide for a certain “overlap” period, when the ISS and ROSS will operate in parallel for some time, as was the case in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Mir and the ISS flew simultaneously. I think the ISS will be able to operate in orbit until 2028, no longer.
Which countries are involved in the ISS project and how long the station is expected to operate
Recall that the ISS was put into operation at the end of 1998. At the moment, the planned life of the station, which, in agreement with the countries participating in the project (USA, Japan, Canada, Russia and the European Space Agency, which includes Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Switzerland and Sweden ) has been extended until September 2024. The possibility of extending the service life of the ISS to 2028 and 2030 is also being discussed.
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