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Russia space agency: US sanctions could imperil ISS cooperation

By Kristin Fischer | VFAB

The head of Russia’s area agency suggests new US sanctions have the likely “to damage our cooperation” on the Worldwide Space Station. There are now four NASA astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts and one particular European astronaut residing and operating on board the orbiting outpost.

Just after President Joe Biden declared new sanctions Thursday that “will degrade their (Russia’s) aerospace business, such as their place method,” Roscosmos Director Common Dmitry Rogozin reported on Twitter that the station’s orbit and area in place are controlled by Russian engines.

“If you block cooperation with us, who will help you save the Worldwide Space Station (ISS) from an uncontrolled deorbit and tumble into the United States or…Europe?” Rogozin reported. “There is also the chance of a 500-ton construction slipping on India and China. Do you want to threaten them with these a prospect? The ISS does not fly over Russia, as a result all the pitfalls are yours. Are you ready for them?”

A NASA spokesperson instructed VFAB that it “continues performing with all our global partners, such as the Condition Place Company Roscosmos, for the ongoing safe operations of the Worldwide Area Station.”

“The new export management measures will continue to permit U.S.-Russia civil place cooperation. No variations are planned to the agency’s assistance for ongoing in orbit and ground station operations. The new export control steps will proceed to allow for U.S.-Russia civil area cooperation,” the spokesperson continued.

The ISS, which is a collaboration among the the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Room Company, is divided into two sections — the Russian Orbital Section and the US Orbital Phase.

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“The Russian section just cannot perform without the electric power on the American side, and the American side cannot functionality without having the propulsion techniques that are on the Russian aspect,” previous NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman explained to VFAB. “So you just can’t do an amicable divorce. You cannot do a acutely aware uncoupling.”

NASA has not responded immediately to Rogozin’s remarks, but it notes that the US place company “continues doing the job with Roscosmos and our other global associates in Canada, Europe, and Japan to retain safe and constant ISS functions.”

But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson explicitly questioned the long term of the Worldwide House Station whilst talking on the floor of the Home of Commons on Thursday.

“I’ve been broadly in favor of continuing inventive and scientific collaboration,” Johnson mentioned. “But in the present-day instances, it is tough to see how even people can carry on as normal.”

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