Against the backdrop of rising ‘peer’ and regional state rivals, the role of space-based assets for effective missile defence will be critical.
Is Russian manned space technology shifting towards military applications?
During the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on 2-5 June 2021, Russia once again announced it is considering withdrawing from the 14-country International Space Station (ISS) programme.
Yuri Borisov, deputy prime minister with responsibility for the defence and space industries, said that Russia has already conducted all the possible experiments on the current orbital station and, according to expert calculations, there is no need to continue investing resources and money on the ISS.
Instead, Russia would focus on building its own Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS) after 2025.
If ROSS is implemented, what will this mean for Russian manned astronautics? …
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