Vladimir Solovyov, chief designer at Energia, announced that Russia may begin assembling a new space station, while continuing to operate the Russian sector of the International Space Station.
And he continued, in an interview with the Russian RIA Novosti news agency, saying, “Work is underway to build the Angara missile, and with its help we will be able to launch new units in 2027, when we make sure that the infrastructure at Vostochny Cosmodrome is ready, and this means that we will continue to use the International Space Station.” Until 2028-2029, that is, until the completion of the construction of the national space station.. The first unit in the new space station will be the science and energy unit dedicated to the International Space Station, which began construction in 2012. This unit will provide the new space station with the necessary electrical energy, which is used to conduct the scientific experiments”.
It was previously announced that the size of the new space station will be greater than the size of the Soviet Mir station and its duration of use is not specified, with the replacement of the spent units, and this station will fly at an altitude of 400 km above the surface of the earth and an inclination of 98 degrees, which allows monitoring the entire surface of the Earth, including Arctic and Northern Sea Route.