NASA and Roscosmos collaborate for Lunar orbiter station

NASA and Roscosmos collaborate for the lunar station project. The US and Russian space agencies on Wednesday agreed to partner in a project led by NASA to build the first space station orbiting in the lunar as part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars.

Tinuku NASA and Roscosmos collaborate for Lunar orbiter station

NASA said earlier this year it was exploring a program called the Deep Space Gateway as a multi-stage project to push further into the solar system. The project built a spaceport in human-operated Lunar orbit as a foothold for further exploration into space.

On Wednesday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and NASA have signed a cooperation agreement at an astronaut congress in Adelaide. NASA said the deal reflects two common visions of both agencies for human exploration.

"While the space gate is still in the formulation of the concept, NASA is pleased to see international interest in moving to the cislunar space as a next step to advance space exploration," said Robert Lightfoot, administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington.

Russia and the United States will work together to build the systems needed to organize scientific missions in the Lunar orbit and to the surface of the Moon. Roscosmos said the partnership is to develop international technical standards to build a space station in the Lunar orbit.

Roscosmos general director Igor Komarov said Russia, the United States and others agreed to work using an integrated standard to avoid future problems in space, including standards for future station docking units.

"Taking into considerable experience in developing docking units, the future elements of the station as well as the standards for life support systems will be created using Russian design," Roscosmos said.

NASA plans to expand the human presence into the solar system with a new space exploration system is Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. Russia and the United States also discussed the use of Proton-M and Angara rockets that began in the 2020s.