Russia proposes extending ISS beyond 2024

Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar to the right or below. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.

The head of Roscosmos said at a space conference this week that his nation is open to extending its ISS partnership with the U.S. beyond 2024 to 2028.

Russia has several good and bad reasons for wanted to do this.

  • Their shortage of cash will make it difficult for them to fly their own station.
  • They need a space station in order to maintain the jobs that exist at their mission control as well as throughout their space industry.
  • There are many good political reasons for them to maintain this space partnership with the U.S. It prevents the U.S. from completely breaking off relations, should Russia do something the U.S. doesn’t like (such as invading a nearby country).
  • They recognize that the ability to do long term research in an orbiting space station is essential for anyone who plans future interplanetary missions.

I will let my readers decide which of these reasons are the good reasons, and which are bad.



  • Vladislaw

    If the United States federal government abandons LEO and lets the commercial sector develop it that would mean a new base BEO and Russia would need new funding and upgraded systems. Maybe they want to stay in LEO because it is cheaper in the short run?

  • Dick Eagleson

    Bingo, Vlad. Reason #1 trumps all the others. Follow the money. Or, in this case, follow the lack of money.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *