Russia still does not want to give up the idea of building its own space station called the Russian Orbital Space Station (ROSS). According to Newsweek could simply separate its modules from the International Space Station (ISS) and operate them independently.
However, the leading Russian scientist Oleg Orlov considers this possibility to be quite problematic – due to microbes.
“The use of ISS modules will lead to the transfer of microbiots to new modules, speed up the process of their biocontamination,” said Director of the Institute of Biomedical Problems at the Russian Academy of Sciences in a press release.
Will he just stay with the plans, or …?
Orlov also recalled that a previous expedition to the Mir orbital station had experienced some mechanical failure after the microorganisms had damaged the commutation equipment.
The possibility that something similar could happen again in the case of ROSS cannot therefore be ruled out.
However, the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, claims that the ROSS planning process is continuing successfully and that many things (such as some orbits) are already done. So let’s be surprised.