Russian Mulls Independent Space Station

Roscosmos_logoAnatoly Zak has an interesting piece on the possibility of Russian building its own space station to replace the International Space Station. Here’s a summary of what Russia is considering:

  • the station would be known as the High-Latitude Orbital Station, which would fly over more than 90 percent of Russia;
  • either permanently inhabited or human-tended with periodic crew visits;
  • could serve as the foundation of Russia’s human exploration of the moon;
  • would be based around the Multi-purpose Laboratory Module, a module currently planned to be attached to ISS in 2017;
  • would include additional modules planned for ISS, including the Node Module, the Science and Power Module, the OKA-T laboratory, and an inflatable habitat.

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