International space station: Russia wants to shorten significantly the ISS budget

$400 million to be saved: Russia wants its budget for the international space station ISS drastically shorten. It has not given up apparently still the project of an own outpost in space despite scarce funds.

The ruble weakens, the price of oil is in the basement. To get the sanctions of Western countries against Russia. It has also consequences for the Russian space industry. According to a report by the newspaper “Izvestia”, the State group plans GK Roskosmos drastic cuts. Is also the international space station ISS. According to the plans, the funds should be reduced for just under $400 million by the year 2025.

The sheet it refers to the design of the new federal space program (FKP) for the years 2016 to 2025, the Government is to decide in these days.

Reason is the claim of the Ministry of finance to reduce funds for the program due to the economic problems and of course decline of the ruble in General by a quarter. The ISS budget comes away while still comparatively lightly – he would shrink according to the plans by about 10 percent.

Operating until at least 2014

The international space station (ISS) is operated jointly by Russia and the United States. Each has a separate segment, which consists of several modules. Both countries press most of the financing and operating the two control centres in Korolev in Moscow and Houston (Texas).