24-Mar-2021 | Market Research Store

Russia and China announced last week about their association over an International Scientific Lunar Station program. The nations havebeen in conversation for a long time whether to partake in the Gateway program sponsored by NASA, a lunar space station to be constructed with an alliance of other countries in the upcoming ten years.

Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, stated that the lunar station to be fabricated is a multifaceted project of experimental research assistance that would be established either on the lunar surface or rotate constantly around the Moon. Furthermore, the research experiments to be carried out in the space station will likely be remotely-handled. However, the activities will be conducted under human supervision.

The deal was signed virtually amongst the representative of both the countries with the Director-General of Russia’s space agency Dmitry Rogozin and China’s Space Agency Directorate Zhang Kejian, marking the advancement in Beijing’s measures to study the Moon with contenders like NASA, which is outlawed from collaborating with China owing to a law issued by Congress almost a decade back.

Russia and NASA have been working in collaboration over the ISS (International Space Station) since 2011. But now, the former one is stepping back from its space association with the US over lunar research. NASA spokesperson Monica Witt said that the Russian space agency has expressed unwillingness to contribute to the Gateway lunar orbiting outpost at the moment. However, the agency still offered to work in an alliance, which was accepted by the US.

The agreement between Russia–China about their lunar space station will require the design, planning, exhibition, execution, and growth of scientific studies. However, it was unspecified about the scientific contributions to be made by Russia, which is investing bulk in the military-civil space sector rather than in the domestic climate of economic regression. Russia’s budget for space holds the third position worldwide following the U.S. and China.