Could sanctions on Russia really bring down the Space Station?

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Could sanctions on Russia really bring down the Space Station?

Dmitry Rogozin, the director general of the Russian Space Agency said sanctions on Russia for the war in Ukraine could lead to the downfall of the International Space Station ISS. Rogozin said the soyuz shuttles that supply the orbiting laboratory will no longer be able to be dispatched.

Russia manages the module dedicated to propulsion, the lack of supplies could lead to the ditching or landing of the space station. Rogozin said that the ISS does not fly over Russian territory, so a possible fall would have been a problem for others.

NASA replied that collaboration with Russia would continue normally in the management of the ISS. The International Space Station is an intergovernmental project managed by the space agencies of several countries, Europe, Canada and Japan.

NASA and Roscomos are the two main partners, dealing with the most important modules. Without supplies, the consequences can be catastrophic.

The Americans, on the other hand, run the module that powers the entire orbiting laboratory, and the two sections are completely interconnected.

The structure of the station, with its more than one hundred meters of frame, covers an area greater than any other previous space station, so as to make it visible from the Earth to the naked eye. The sections of which it is composed are managed by ground mission control centers, made operational by the space agencies participating in the project.

It travels at an average speed of 27,600 km / h, completing 15.5 orbits per day and is held in orbit at an altitude of between 330 and 410 km. Since 2 November 2000 it has been continuously inhabited by a crew of between 2 and 7 astronauts.

Over time the crew has been replaced several times and some astronauts have returned several times to the ISS. Construction of the ISS began in 1998 and was to be completed by 2017; it should remain in operation until 2024, the date scheduled for the achievement of the scientific objectives, and then be dismantled, destroyed or partially reused by 2028.

However, NASA has started a privatization process that will allow the ISS to survive for other years. On November 2, 2020, humanity celebrated 20 years aboard the Space Station: the first crew took office on November 2, 2000.

The total cost has been estimated by ESA at € 100 billion over 30 years. Its goal, as defined by NASA, is to develop and test technologies for space exploration, develop technologies capable of keeping a crew alive on missions beyond Earth's orbit, and gain operational experience for long-term space flights.

duration, as well as serving as a research laboratory in a microgravity environment, where crews conduct experiments in biology, chemistry, medicine, physiology and physics and make astronomical and meteorological observations