Russian Space Agency: BRICS May Engage in New Orbital Station Project
Russia's Space Agency Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov said that a new orbital station is under discussion to replace the International Space Station (ISS) and BRICS countries may be invited to participate in the station setting.
"The discussion framework should not be limited exclusively to current ISS participants. We have to consider a possible participation of BRICS countries in the future projects," Komarov said. In late March, Komarov announced that the Russian Federation and the United States of America planned to jointly establish a new orbital space station after 2024, when the ISS operation service ends.
BRICS organization member countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) make up about 40 percent of the world's population and have a combined economy of about $16 trillion.