The collapse of the Russian part of the International Space Station is causing concern, as much of its equipment has expired, according to a senior official in Russian aerospace engineering.
“The current situation of the Russian part is already worrying,” Vladimir Solovyev, chief engineer of RK Energia, which is in charge of maintaining this part of the station, told RIA Novosti news agency.
He stated that “approximately 80% of the systems have reached the end of their useful life, which means that when all these systems expire, irreparable failures may occur immediately.”
In recent months, Russia has repeatedly talked about the possibility of separating from its partners in the International Space Station (the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency) after 2025, to establish its own station in orbit, noting in particular the deterioration of its infrastructure in this facility.
Several malfunctions raised fears that structural problems would threaten the entire department and the security of the crews. On Monday, Soloviev revealed cracks in the “Zarya” unit dating back to 1998, and the “Zvezda” unit, which experienced air leaks more than once, between 2019 and 2021.
And he had pointed out in early April that the validity of the use of the International Space Station itself had been extended to 2030, but it was necessary to calculate a “chain of malfunctions” after 2025.
The Russian space navigation sector has witnessed several problems in recent years, including operational failures and corruption scandals. Despite this, the people in charge of it were keen to announce ambitious projects one after another, including the construction of a space station as an alternative to the International Space Station and a lunar base with China.
Cooperation with the United States is slowly deteriorating in this regard in light of the tension in international relations.
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