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Russia’s space agency hopes to launch its own orbital station

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  • April 24, 2021
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Russia’s space agency hopes to launch its own orbital station

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III Sci & tech; Space 

In news

  • Russia’s space agency (Roscosmos) hopes to launch its own orbital station in 2025 as it considers withdrawing from the International Space Station programme to go it alone.

Key takeaways 

  • Work had begun on the first module of a new station. 
  • The announcement came with tensions soaring with the West.
  • Russia lost its monopoly for manned flights to the ISS last year after the first successful mission of U.S. company Space X.

Do you know? 

  • ISS was launched in 1998 and involves Russia, USA, Canada, Japan, and the European Space Agency 
  • It is one of the most ambitious international collaborations in human history.

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