Russia can not participate in the lunar station with US on their terms

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Russia can not afford participation in the project of a lunar station with the United States on the terms that the project offers now, said Saturday the head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin.

«The Russian Federation can not afford to participate in secondary roles», he said during the meeting with young specialists of the industry.

In September of last year, «Roskosmos» and NASA in the framework of the international Astronautical Congress in Australia signed a Memorandum on cooperation in the establishment of an international lunar station, Deep Space Gateway, later called Gateway — Lunar Orbital Platform, and after the meeting in September 2018 just The Gateway.

In the framework of the project Russia has offered to build an airlock to exit astronauts on the surface of the station. This spring, the source RIA Novosti reported that the Russian side did not accept the country’s role in this project. It is proposed to make compartment according to American technical standard and under the American spacesuit. From 8 to 15 September, the delegation of the state Corporation «Rosatom» took part in the international meeting on discussion of requirements for the lunar orbital station, which was held in Orlando (USA). By results of work, the parties agreed to continue cooperation on the establishment of the station.