Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia, the head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov said that the Russian space Agency and NASA have agreed to establish a new space station in orbit of the moon. According to the head of the Corporation, the station will be known as Deep Space Gateway, and its first modules are scheduled to be 2024-2026.
As told to Mosquitoes, yet a joint statement of intent to work on a project lunar stations already signed, but the technological countries of the participating countries, as well as financial issues will be discussed in the next phase of negotiations. According to preliminary arrangements, Russia may create from one to three modules and standards standardized docking mechanism for ships. It is likely that Russia will also participate in the development of the residential module, and created the country’s new carrier rocket of superheavy class can be involved expects to use for output structures on the lunar orbit.
The parties also stipulated the possibility of participation in joint work and discussion of project partner countries of Russia in the BRICS: China, India, Brazil and South Africa.
Komarov noted that subsequently developed technologies are planned to apply on the surface of the moon, and in even more distant future, and Mars.
For the first time about plans to build a lunar station in the framework of Deep Space Gateway (“the gateway to deep space”) was reported in the spring of last year. At that time it was reported that the plant expected to operate by the crews of four. It was originally two concepts, the first of which stations would have to be two small residential module, and the second — a big one. The duration of the expeditions are expected to range from 30 to 360 days, and the flight to the station will be held once a year.Also, depending on the height of the orbit of the station, in the future it can be used to launch spacecraft into deep space or to organize expeditions on the lunar surface.