Western restrictions against Russia could trigger that the International Space Station to crash the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos warned on Saturday, calling for punitive measures to be removed.
As per Dmitry Rogozin, the sanctions that some of them predate the Russian invasion of Ukraine may interfere with the work of Russian spacecraft, which are responsible for servicing the ISS.
In the event, the Russian section of the station — that is used to in adjusting its orbit might be affected. which could cause the 500-ton construction to “fall down into the sea or onto land”, the Roscosmos director stated on Telegram.
In a statement Rogozin said “The Russian segment ensures that the station’s orbit is corrected (on average 11 times a year), including to avoid space debris”. Rogozin who frequently shows his support for the Russian military in Ukraine through social media platforms.
The map included places that the ISS might be able to be lowered He also pointed out that it’s likely to be located in Russia.
“But the populations of other countries, especially those led by the ‘dogs of war’, should think about the price of the sanctions against Roscosmos” He also added, describing the nations that imposed restrictions as “crazy”.
Rogozin also raised the possibility to the space station collapsing to Earth in the last month while slamming Western restrictions on Twitter.
On 1st March NASA declared that it was trying to figure out a way that would keep the ISS in orbit with no Russian assistance. Crews and supplies are brought into the Russian segment via Soyuz spacecraft.
However, Rogozin stated that the launcher used to take off was “under US sanctions since 2021 and under EU and Canadian sanctions since 2022”.
Roscosmos announced that it has made an appeal to NASA as well as its Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, “demanding the lifting of illegal sanctions against our companies”.
Space is among the few remaining areas where both the United States and Russia continue to work together. In the middle of March Roscosmos declared its intention to concentrate on the development of military satellites since Russia is ever more isolated due to the effects of the conflict in Ukraine.
Rogozin also declared that Moscow will no longer provide engines for US Atlas and Antares rockets. US Atlas as well as Antares rockets.
On 30th March, US astronaut, Mark Vande Hei and two cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov will come back on Earth after a trip to the ISS aboard the Soyuz spacecraft.