An official with the Russian Space Agency told RIA Novosti this
week the International Space Station will be dismantled a mere five
years after construction efforts are due to wrap up in 2010... and
replaced with a new orbital station.
"It is necessary because at present we can monitor less than 10%
of Russian territory, but with a new station the coverage will be
increased tenfold," said Vitaly Davydov, deputy head of the
In addition, the new space station would be used to produce
materials that are impossible to manufacture on Earth and offer
improved ways of remotely monitoring the Earth.
Davydov says Russia will test technologies for space travel to
the Moon and Mars onboard the new station from 2015 to 2025. He
also says after 2025, they're planning to start the preparation for
And, Davydov hinted, such international projects will likely
require international help, as well. The current partnership
between the US and Russia on the ISS is set to expire in 2015.
No comment yet from NASA on Russia's plans... although we
imagine the US space agency's reaction might be along the lines of,
'let's finish the one we have first.'